Gov. Ambode, Kingmakers Crown Oba Semiu Kasali As Adeboruwa of Igbogbo
By Kunle Adelabu with Anani Olatunji Idris & Eseoghene Oluwakemi Joseph (student trainee)
His Royal Majesty, Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I, has been crowned as the Adeboruwa by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Igbogbo kingmakers and the generality of Igbogbo people.
Oba Kasali who was presented with the staff of office and certificate of recognition by the governor took the title of ‘Emugoriade I’ at the ceremony which took place on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Adeboruwa palace, Igbogbo.
By the presentation of staff office, Oba Kasali officially became the monarch of the ancient town of Igbogbo.
The letter of confirmation by the Lagos State Government was received by the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA late on Friday, July 15, 2016 after the Oba Kasali emerged as the most preferred candidate after the kingmakers screening on Monday, April, 2016.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in his address stated, “I am delighted to be part of this memorable and historic occasion of the official installation and presentation of Staff of Office and Instruments of Appointment to His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun as the Oba Adeboruwa (Oloja) of Igbogbo.”
“After going through due process and obtaining the concurrence of the Local Government, the State Executive Council approved the appointments of His Royal Majesty Alaiyeluwa Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali as Oba Adeboruwa (Oloja) of Igbogbo
“To the entire people of Igbogbo, and all sons and daughters home and abroad, I rejoice with you on this auspicious occasion and urge you to give unalloyed to the new monarch in order to enable him to continue to safeguard the sanctity of this sacred and highly reserved institution”
Oba Kasali in his own address stated that his emergence would bring social and economic development to the ancient town of Igbogbo.
“This event marks as a turning point in the affairs of Igbogbo Kingdom and Ikorodu Division in general. We shall practice an open-door policy and everyone shall have opportunity to contribute his or her quota. Our plan is to rebrand Igbogbo Kingdom, facilitate socio-economic developments, encourage cultural rebirth, improve our traditional status, propagate Igbogbo Kingdom tourism potentials and maximize her human and material resources for the benefit of the Kingdom. This is our pledge and we are assured that God will grant us the ability, capacity and capability to succeed. Amen.”
“I am using this opportunity to appreciate my co-contestants, the Royal Princes to the Adeboruwa stool. Their interests added colour to the contest and showed that Igbogbo Kingdom is endowed with quality men. I cannot do it alone, thus I call on all and sundry to come around with me to develop strategies with which we can move the Kingdom forward. Certainly, we are from royal lineage, whereas, princes and princesses do not wage war like a mere slave- “Omo Oba kii jagun bi eru”.
“Same to the other ruling houses still contesting my emergence, I say to them that it is only God that crowns an Oba and in this case, I have been the chosen one. I humbly seek for your understanding and supports. I appeal to you that we should avoid going back to the period between 1979 and 1990s, when the falcon was unable to hear the falconer and we are still witnesses to the effects.
“As an officer in the temple of justice, I will defend your rights to seek justice whenever you feel aggrieved but in this case, the custodians of Igbogbo culture and tradition and the entire Igbogbo people have spoken and since we can only have one king at a time, I am again soliciting for your supports and I assure you that when the dust settles we shall collectively look into our existence and adjust where necessary.” Oba Kasali appealed.
Dignitaries that attended the presentation of staff of office ceremony were, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by the Hon. Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami, former Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Arts & Culture, Hon. (Chief) Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, former NBA President, Chief Babatunde O. Benson, SAN, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Barr. Rotimi Ogunleye, Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, former Commissioner for Agriculture & Cooperatives, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Solicitor-General of Lagos State, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, Permanent Secretary, Mr Jafar Babatunde Saniu, Chief Dele Olowu, Chief Imam, Oriwu Central Mosque, Alhaji Yahya Oshoala and Chief Imam, Igbogbo LCDA.
Others were the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro, Oba Olofin of Isheri, Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Oba Richard Ogunsanya and Obateru of Egbin Kingdom, Oba Akeem Oriyomi Oyebo.
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