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The ancient and serene Ado-Awaye community in Araromi local council development area
of Oyo State was in festive mood last weekend as a new ruler Oba Olugbile was, presented with a
beaded crown andstaff of office, thirty-four years after interregnum.The
community is an amalgamation of two different
ancient settlements namely; Ado and Awaye.
Shops, schools and government offices were under lock and key, as
pupils, market men and women, including workers thronged to
Ojude-Oba,venue of the coronation, in order to be part of
Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi, represented bythe Director,
Chieftaincy Affairs of the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr.
Jayeoba, said after thirty five years of interregnum, the governor broke
the jinx by ensuring that the age-long vacant stool was filled with the
appointment of Oba Olugbile, with thesupport of
the Alaafin of Oyo. While urging the new ruler to promote peace and
unity among all thepeople of the community, Ajimobi cautioned him
against acts that cantarnish his reputation.The
governor who lauded traditional rulers, particularly the Alaafinof Oyo for
their support for his administration, reiterated the commitment of his administration towards their welfare.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba [Dr.] Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi
111, who arrived the community in a long motorcade of Oke-ogun traditional
rulers, and some members of the Oyo Traditional Council (Oyo Mesi), admonished traditional
rulers to be above board in personal conducts in order be a
respectable dung hill.He said traditional rulers must be seen as the symbols of thepeople’s past, custodian of
their history and past, upholder, preserver of their culture and customs, epitome of cultural norms andvalues of the society
such as truth, discipline, courage andresponsibility.
According to him, ’’traditional rulers must be humble, courteous, reconciliatory and non-partisan. He must be ‘father of
all’ in words, deeds and actions. They must show a sympathetic understanding
for thetraditions, customs and religion of the people.
Obas must not only beknowledgeable in the history and customs of his people but he mustalso be sympathetic to the traditional religions, festivals and
ritesof his kingdom’’.
This, he noted, is to ensure that Obas continue to enjoy the respect,obedience and reverence from their
people because their authoritiesand power actually come from the traditions of the people.
“But sadly enough, over the years, some traditional rulers have showntotal disregard to traditions and customs of their people, as it isabsurd and absolutely unimaginable that they do not have the basic
knowledge of the history and politics of their kingdom all in the name of Western civilisation.
There is no doubt that the personality of the individuals who leadan institution goes a long way to affect the public perceptions ofsuch institutions. One of the most important and valuable credentials
of an Oba is the ability to master, comprehend and relate thetraditions of origin, early and contemporary history of his kingdomwell as the workings and principles of the traditional socio-political systems of the people,” he said.
The paramount ruler who expressed dismay over the vacant stool in thecrisis-torn community which lasted thirty-four years, advisedtraditional rulers in the state to desist from holding cultic meetings
which are suspicious to the government, and capable of endangeringmutual co-existence.
Said he, ‘’since 1976, I had been a crusader for the emancipation oftraditional
rulers and elevation of their status from Baales to beadedcrown Obas.
Some of the Baales elevated to the status of Obas and
werecrowned by the Alaafin included the Aseyin of Iseyin, Sabiganna ofIganna, Iba of
Kisi. I have no grudge with any traditional ruler, butdevotedly committed to their well-beings.’’.Earlier, Chairman of the coronation planning committee and one-timedeputy governor in the state,
Chief Barrister Iyiola Oladokun, expressed deep appreciation,
on behalf of the community to both the governor and
the Alaafin of Oyo, for the unalloyed support, sincerityof purpose and determination in re-written the history
of the community ‘for good.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Folakanmi, pledged to dedicate his lifeto
the service of his people,, the community, and to commit hisknowledge, contacts, integrity and all endowments granted him by Godto the growth and development
of his people and the community.
‘’As the throne is established by righteousness,
I pledge to be fairand just in all dealings for the betterment of all’’, Oba
The new ruler also thanked theAlaafin of Oyo for what he described as‘’his un-quantified
support’’.The Alaafin of Oyo, accompanied by
traditional rulers in Oke-ogun arealater wore the new ruler with the beaded crown after
the performanceof some traditional rites. This was followed with the presentation ofstaff of office by the
governor’s representatives, amid jubilations byhappy-looking
people of the community.
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