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Awujale at 90: Tinubu congratulates Oba Adetona, confers on him National Honour

President Bola AHmed Tinubu (l) and HRH Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland File Photo

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu describes HRH Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, in Ogun State of Nigeria, as ‘a preeminent royal father who has brought rare honour, integrity, dignity, courage and impeccable strength of character to the throne over the last 60 years’, conferring on him confer on him the second highest National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON)

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has felicitated with HRH Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, in Ogun State, on his 90th birthday.

Tinubu, who stated this in his congratulatory message he personally signed and issued Friday, May 10, 2024, expressed great joy to celebrate the foremost Royal Father on the special occasion of his 90th birthday.

The Nigerian President stated: “It is, indeed, delightful that Kabiyesi has attained this important age, and he still continues to discharge his duty as the paramount ruler of the entire Ijebuland.”

The statement noted: “Oba Adetona is not just another traditional ruler in Yorubaland, and indeed, in Nigeria and Africa, he is a preeminent royal father who has brought rare honour, integrity, dignity, courage and impeccable strength of character to the throne over the last 60 years.

“Within this period, he has seen the low and high points of our country.”

President Tinubu also recalled that during the turbulent and dark days of military dictatorship when it was difficult to speak truth to power, Oba Adetona displayed uncommon courage and stood on the side of the people.

“Against billows and tides, truth became his refuge,” stated the President.

Tinubu further said: “Kabiyesi can look back, with gratitude to the Almighty God and take pride in the phenomenal progress Ijebuland has witnessed under his peaceful reign.

“Among monarchs, he continues to command respect and admiration. More important, he has seen his kingdom and people flourish in leaps and bounds during his reign.”

The President equally affirmed that he always enjoyed the trust, friendship and confidence of Kabiyesi Awujale Ogbagba ll in the course of his political journey, particularly through the struggles of the fight for the return of democratic governance in Nigeria and beyond his tenure as Governor of Lagos State.

He averred: “Throughout these epochs in my political odyssey, Oba Adetona has remained a pillar of strength and support.

“In matters of fighting for justice, fairness, equity and a more just society where every part of our country can progress and our people live peacefully and in harmony with each other, Kabiyesi has been a dependable ally.”

The statement noted: “As my confidant, I have absolute faith and trust in Awujale, and I have benefited from his wise counsel over the years.

“When I set out to seek the highest office in our country, I began my nationwide consultation from his palace in 2022.

“In keeping faith with my promise, I returned in June last year to pay homage and express my gratitude.”

Conferment of national honour on HRH Adetona

Tinubu stated: “Kabiyesi has fought for and invested heavily in democracy and good governance and to cap it all, he endowed a chair in that discipline at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, in Ogun State, where he built a School of Post-Graduate and Research Studies in Governance.

Preident Tinubu stated: “Because Oba Adetona has honoured our country and humanity with his many years of meritorious service, I therefore, on this special occasion of his 90th birthday ceremony, confer on him the second highest National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).”

“Oba Adetona has earned his stripes as a forward-looking and venerable royal father not just in Yorubaland but across the world.

“He is one of the longest reigning monarchs in the world with over six decades on the throne.”

The Nigerian leader asserted: “Kabiyesi has lived well and served well. We will continue to honour his service to humanity and commitment to duty.

“Now that he has joined the prestigious Club of Nonagenarians, I can only wish him more years in good health on the throne of his forebears. Happy birthday Kabiyesi.”

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