The historic day climaxed activities marking the official coronation of a respected Oba, the Olu of Ibogun Balogun land, Ogun State, HRH Oba Fakayode Faluade Adeshina.
And the occasion saw a display of custom and tradition of the people. Gaily dressed people from near and far thronged the coronation arena, singing and dancing to rendition of music and songs.
The masqueardes were not left out as they entertained the audience with spectacular dance steps.
Interesting, however, Ibogun is the ancestral community of Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
For Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, it was mission fulfilled.
Although Amosun said the state is still battling on how to resolve the over 250 Obaship’s request across its several domains, the day’s occasion was another historic moment of his administration.
He said once an obaship case is resolved for good, the appointed should see he opportunity as a means to serve his people, the state and work towards the development of his domains.
Amosun, who spoke at the official coronation and presentation of staff office to the new Olu of Ibogun Balogun land, HRM Oba Fakayode Faluade Adeshina on Saturday, believed that traditional institutions across the state would continue to be accorded respect with a view to enhancing culture, tradition and tourism development.
Addressing the large crowd comprising government functionaries, traditional rulers and Ifa priest, among other dignitaries, Amosun, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Jide Ojuko, said,
“Let me reiterate that the appointment of an Oba has fulfilled the Biblical injunction. I am, therefore imploring our new Kabiyesi, to see your appointment as a call to service. You should also ensure that you mobilize your subjects for the execution of worthwhile self-help projects, in a bid to complement government’s efforts towards socio-economic development of the state.
Amosun enjoined Oba Fakayode to continue to champion effort that would further enhance peaceful co-existence with other royal fathers within ifo local government where the new monarch domain is also situated.
He equally encouraged Fakayode’s subjects to work with him in developing Ibogun-Balogun which he governor described as developing community.
He said, “On the part of our administration, we owe the people of Ibogun- Balogun and the entire people of Ogun State the benefits of dividends of democracy, which are already evident across the state. We remain unwaveringly committed to implementing religiously the ‘five-cardinal programme’ as enshrined in our ‘mission to rebuild’ our state.”
The Executive Chairman Ibogun-Coker Local Government, Juwon Gbadebo, said that Faluade’s coronation was quite deserving, considering his large heart.
According to him, “Unequivocally, the people of Ibogun Balogun have made the right choice. Faluade’s qualities include integrity; honesty, steadfastness, and trustworthiness have given him the edge over other contenders to the throne. It is my prayers that our dear king lives in sound health and divine wisdom to rule and reign on this exalted throne.”
“His passion for community development is second to none,” noted Kiadese, adding, “ “Having done so much as a private citizen, it is no doubt that his appointment will bring to bear his wealth of experience by attracting investment and providing jobs for youths in the land.”
In his acceptance speech, the new monarch thanked Governor Amosun, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the Olowu of Owu Kingdom HRM Oba Adegboyega Olusanya Dosunmu, other monarchs in the state, as well as his wife, Olori Anifat Faluade.
Faluade noted that lack of industrialisation and unemployment among youths had been affecting the community.
He said, “We need not sleep on our oars! I do appreciate the people of Ibogun for choosing me as your new monarch. You are indeed my beloved family. As the saying goes, a tree cannot make a forest. I am therefore soliciting your maximum support, advice and cooperation to steer the wheel of prosperity of Ibogun Balogun.”
Commissioner for Chieftaincy & LG Affairs, Ogun State,Hon. Chief Hide Ojuko; Olu of Ifo,Oba Samuel Oladipupo; Anikinnikun (Ilufemiloye 1)/ Olu of Ibogun Balogun Land,H.R.M Alayeluwa Oba (Dr.) Fakayode Faluade Adeshina with his Olori Amoke Faluade,during the official Coronation and presentation of Staff of Office to Olu of Ibogun Balogun Land held at Ibogun -Ogun State.