Gov Abiodun Ends 16-month Obaship Tussle In Odeda Community
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, finally ended the 16-month of interregnum in the Obaship stool of Olu of Orile Ilawo community in Odeda Local Government Area of the State as he officially presented a staff and other instruments of office to Professor Alexander Olusegun MacGregor to become the new traditional ruler of the town.
The event, which held at the Elegun-Mefa ancestral home of the Ilawo people amidst pomp and pageantry, also witnessed a convergence of prominent traditional rulers in the state, Egba sons and daughters, as well as MacGregor’s international friends from the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Presenting the instruments of office to MacGregor, Abiodun charged the new monarch, a Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology to strive towards bringing his “reputable” academic experience to bear while administering the affairs of the people of the community.
Represented by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Ganiu Hamzat, the governor tasked the new monarch to unrelentingly foster cooperation with other royal fathers in the state, extend hands of love and fellowship to all those who competed for the stool with him through “speedy reconciliation”, as well as ensure that he is “accessible, receptive and responsive” to the yearnings of the peoples in his domain.
Emphasising that the emergence of MacGregor as the Olu of Ilawo town followed the due process as prescribed by the Obas and Chiefs Law of Ogun State 2021 as well as the customs and traditions of Orile Ilawo community, the governor, however, admonished Oba MacGregor to ensure that he deploys all efforts that will further champion peaceful co-existence with other neighbouring towns in Egbaland and the state in order to justify the mandate and trust reposed in him.
“Let me also implore you to immediately concentrate on the task of accelerating the pace of socio-economic development in Orile Ilawo town by mobilizing your people to continue to support the Government, particularly, by performing their civic duties in the prompt payment of approved taxes, rates and levies, required for the provision of social amenities and general development of our dear State,” Governor Abiodun stated.
In his acceptance speech, MacGregor vowed to use his new status as an avenue to re-awaken and sustain justice, peace and unity which he said is exactly what royalty represents from days of their progenitors.
“We shall carry out reforms in palace administration in order to be adequately responsive to our peoples’ sincere and deep longing for justice, equity and stability. We shall strive to ensure that conflicts are resolved between individuals, families and communities along the principles of social justice.
“We shall use cultural diplomacy as a
veritable tool for the promotion of harmonious relationships with our neighbors far and near,” the new monarch stated.
MacGregor, who obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of London Postgraduate Medical School after earning honours in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Wales, also promised to use his new position to forge links with other traditional institutions here in Nigeria, in Africa and beyond; strengthen contacts and build linkages that will complement and enhance “excellent bilateral relationships” between the peoples of his community and the world beyond.
“We shall uphold and maintain the principle of neutrality and continue to pray for, and will always support the right kind of political leaders, who will safeguard the welfare of our people, provide for their basic needs, and who will accord due recognition to traditional institutions.
“We shall also support efforts to build partnerships and seek international
assistance for the benefit of our people, Egbaland and the entire Yoruba race,” Oba Macgregor stated.
Earlier in her address, the Council Chairman of Odeda Local Government Area, Hon. Foshade Adeyemo appreciated State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and all Obas present at the auspicious occasion for the measures put in place to ensure the reality of the occasion which is recorded that the installation of the new monarch is a sign of an outset development for the people of the community.
Other dignitaries at the event were: the Vice Chairman Odeda LG; Hon.Nasiru Yaya Adigun, Secretary to the Local Government; Hon.Makinde Zacheaus, councillor Alagbagba ward 4; Hon. Kuyoro segun, Head of Local Government Administration; Miss Adeniji Olufunke Adetoro, Director General services and Administration; Mr Ayodeji Michael and all representatives of Obas in Egbaland.