108 Years After, Ogun Community Gets First Monarch Amid Excitement - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Friday, January 7, 2022

108 Years After, Ogun Community Gets First Monarch Amid Excitement

 •Oba Taiwo & his Olori



The Daily Crucible | Friday, January 7, 2022


By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

The Agrarian community of Moriwi founded by a great hunter, Salako Jagun, in 1914, in the present day Imeko/Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State, made history with its maiden coronated monarch installed 108 years after by the state government.

The first monarch and Alale of Moriwi, Oba James Olusegun Taiwo Olufemiloye, Oniyunku 1,  was presented with Certificate and Instrument of Office Wednesday by governor Dapo Abiodun, who charged him to see his elevation as a call to serve and unite his people for socioeconomic development of the community and not to extend his jurisdiction beyond Moriwi or install Baale in any settlement within his domain.

Prior to the emergence of the pioneer Oba, Moriwi simply translated as "I have a lot of story to tell," was administered traditionally by Baale until the baaleship title was elevated to a Coronet Oba by the present administration.

Abiodun who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, lauded the process that produced the Prince as an Oba and commended the people for the choice.

The governor said: "The choice of Kabiyesi, Oba James Olusegun Taiwo enjoys the overwhelming support of the people of Moriwi in Imeko Afon Local Government and the Yewa Traditional Council, in view of his admirable personality and the transparency of the process that produced him, which had followed the due process prescribed by the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

"Kabiyesi, by your appointment as the Alale of Moriwi, you have become a member of the Yewa Traditional Council and accordingly, the custodian of the culture and tradition of Moriwi.  You now possess a royal status to all and sundry in Yewa and as a father, you are expected to be accessible, receptive and responsive to your people’s yearnings. 

"Your appointment is a call to serve your people, and as such, you are expected to champion all efforts that will further enhance peaceful co-existence with other neighbouring townships while also cooperating with other Royal Fathers within Yewaland and indeed, the entire Ogun State, in order to justify the mandate and trust reposed in you by the good people of Moriwi and the Ogun State Government.  

"Your reign as an Oba in Yewaland should see to the creation and sustainable conducive environment for credible investors to do business in Moriwi. 

"Let me inform you that as a Coronet Oba, your domain remains Moriwi.  You are not expected to extend your authority beyond Moriwi and you have not been authorized to install Baale over any settlement in your neighbourhood. In the same vein, let me enjoin the good people of Moriwi and its environs to cooperate with Kabiyesi in order to bring development to Moriwi community." 

In his acceptance speech, Oba Olusegun pledged his unwavering loyalty to the state government as a mark of appreciation for his appointment as an Alale of Moriwi, even he as appealed to the governments - state and federal, to construct Abeokuta - Imeko - Moriwi - Okeagbede - Okuta Wasinmi - Iwoye - Jabata road to bring rapid developments to Moriwi land.



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