This Day (Lagos)

14 August 2010

Nigeria: New Deji of Akure Gets Staff of Office

Akure — Akure, the Ondo State capital became agog yesterday as the new monarch of the ancient town, Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II was presented with the staff of office by Governor Olusegun Mimiko at a function held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the governor office.

Immediately the news of the presentation of the instrument of office was announced, the entire town became joyful as people trooped out in their thousands to catch the glimpse of the new monarch as the convoy of his vehicles was passing though the major Adeisda-Oyemekun Road.

Market men and women vacated their trading points as the siren blaring vehicles of policemen escorted the oba's convoy to the heart of the town.

Speaking before he presented the staff, Mimiko charged the new monarch to do all within his power to unite the kingdom and to help sensitise the people of the town in the task of repositioning Akure, the state capital to the level the government wants it.

Adesida, who was presented with the letter of selection on Thursday, was selected by eight out of the 15 kingmakers that voted in the exercise which also saw Prince Ademola Adegoroye coming second with seven votes. Mimiko said he was disturbed by recent occurrences about the stool of Deji of Akure.

The governor expressed satisfaction that the selection processes that led to the emergence of Adesida was in full conformity with the provision of all relevant laws just as he commended all stakeholders for the roles they played individually and collectively.

However, Mimiko expre-ssed concern that many communities in the state have been unduly engrossed with chieftaincy matters and the concomitant struggles and tussles for succession. He said the unwholesome development has never attracted progress to the affected communities.

The governor assured the people of the state that the administration would continue to maintain dignified neutrality in the process of filling and vacant stool knowing fully well that every community owns it a responsibility to determine who should lead them.

He urged the monarch to be fair and just to all and exercise restraint and justice and shun all forms of impartiality in the employment of the power vested in him as the new oba of the town.

Some of the kingmakers, including the Odopetu. High Chief Michael Falade, the Head of the Kingmakers, who were earlier reported to have opposed the selection of Adesida were present at the presentation ceremony.

In his response, the new monarch promised to collaborate with the state government in the implementation of its policies aimed at developing Akure to a befitting status of a state capital.

He said he would discharge his role as a father of the entire people of the town and would be fair to all irrespective of any issues concerning the throne.

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