Olu Of Oke Ariko Hails Akarigbo's Appointment As Chairman Of Ogun Council of Obas - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, October 25, 2021

Olu Of Oke Ariko Hails Akarigbo's Appointment As Chairman Of Ogun Council of Obas

••• As Governor Abiodun Urges Traditional  To Be Mindful Of Who They Give Chieftaincy Titles

              •Olu of Oke Ariko & Akarigbo 

| The Daily Crucible | Published Monday, October 25, 2021

The Olu of Oke Ariko, Sagamu,  Dr Olayinka Oladunni has hailed appointment of the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remo land, Oba Adewale Ajayi as the new Chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas, describing the elevation as another good move to advance the development of the state in the next couple of years.

Governor Dapo Abiodun on Monday inaugurated the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, as the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas at the Obas' Complex Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Reacting to it,  Dr Olayinka while felicitating with the Akarigbo on the appointment, aid the revered monarch  deserved it, describing him as a royal father with uncommon wealth of experience and who definitely will galvanise all hands towards supporting governor Dapo Abiodun to  further bring dividends of quality  governance to all sections of the Gateway State. 

The community leader said: "I just want to congratulate our highly revered royal father and Paramount ruler of Remo land, Oba Adewale Babatunde Ajayi on his inauguration as the Chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas. 

It is a good move towards the desire to strengthen our traditional institutions which are very germane to advancing good governance in the state.

"Oba Adewale Babatunde Ajayi surely has all the requisite capacity to rally other traditional rulers to ensure peace and stability across the state and to of course support our hardworking governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to further work for the department of our dear State. 

"I therefore urge other traditional rulers in the state to support Oba Adewale Babatunde Ajayi and make his tenure a memorable one".

 ••• Mind Who You Give Chieftaincy Titles  Abidoun Tells Ogun Traditional  Rulers
Meanwhile, Abiodun has called on traditional rulers in the state to be mindful of what they say and the people they honour with chieftaincy titles in order not to bring the royal institution to disrepute.

Abiodun said as embodiment of royalty, traditional rulers should not engage in activities that would jeopardize the revered institution.

"Be that as it may be, it is also important to remind our royal fathers to continue to be embodiment to the royalty. Our royal fathers should not allow themselves to be swayed into making expressions or taking actions that may bring the traditional institution into disrepute. In doing this, please I beg of you, be wary of the people you confer with chieftaincy titles. Qualification of chieftaincy titles should be more of dignity, rather than just riches.

"It is important for our royal fathers to continue to be embodiment of royalty; our royal fathers should not allow themselves to be cajoled or coerced into actions that may bring the traditional institution into disrepute. In doing this, I admonish you to have an objective template that will guide granting of chieftaincy titles. Qualification for chieftaincy titles should be based on integrity and social economic contribution to the community, particularly", the governor stated.

Abiodun who gave the advice after the inauguration of Oba Babatunde  Ajayi as chairman of Council of Obas in the State,  said it was important for royal fathers to be wary of their utterances and association, as it could have far reaching meanings and implications on the political and socioeconomic climate of the nation as 2023 election draws closer .

The governor, however, urged the royal fathers to use their sacred offices to engender a more peaceful atmosphere for the successful conduct of the year 2023 general elections and the continued development of the state.

The governor further urged them to mobilise all their subjects to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He announced that the state government would soon  launch a mass vaccination campaign that would need the  support  of the traditional rulers to succeed.

"I commend you all Kabiyesi for complementing the effort of government towards mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot but commend your efforts against the pandemic at the grassroots, I encourage you to continue to join hands with government in the fight against this pandemic by sensitizing and encouraging your subjects towards adhering to safety measures, health protocols and  being vaccinated", he added.

Abiodun reiterated that his administration would not tolerate violence of any kind in the state, saying "we will not allow anyone either from within or outside this state to introduce into our system a culture of violence.

"This is alien to us in Ogun State. Let it be known that as the Chief Security Officer of this state, I owe the people the responsibility of the safety of their lives and property, therefore, the full wrath of the law will be visited on whoever that may want to cause us trouble", the governor submitted.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, noted that though there are several calls for the upgrade of Baales to Coronet Obas, the calls would not be entertained until the determination of the court case instituted by 75 Obas challenging the revocation of their appointments.

While enumerating some of the achievements recorded by Oba Sikiru Adetona during his tenure as the head of the Council, the Commissioner said people were mobilised to take vaccine and observed COVID-19 protocols, while the State was spared the orgy of destruction of lives and properties during the EndSARS protest as a result of wise counsel by the traditional rulers.

In his speech, the outgoing Chairman, Oba Sikiru Adetona, presented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun, appreciated the governor for the confidence reposed in him, saying that the Council's engagement with the state Government led to the establishment of Amotekun Corps and community policing which has enhanced security at the grassroots.

In his acceptance speech,  Akarigbo pointed out that traditional rulers were not to play opposition, but partners in progress, stressing that it was imperative for government to take into consideration the viewpoints of traditional rulers when formulating policies and programmes.

He expressed optimism that his tenure would be fruitful in local governance and advisory to the state government, noting traditional rulers must continue to act as a bridge between the people and government.

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