Ikorodu Division Needs Symbol of Unity – Hon. Agunbiade
-Extend your representation to Constituency II, Oba Kasali, Chiefs task Hon. Agunbiade.
-Ensure that other parts of the division benefited from your representation, Adeboruwa Chiefs charged
Hon. Sanai Bolanle Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly and the Opomulero of Ikorodu Kingdom, has stated that Ikorodu Division needs a unified logo that would serves as the symbol of unity.
He stated this while responding to the request of the Igbogbo community traditional council that fairness and justice should be allowed to guide the relationship among the component units of the division, during his courtesy visit recently to HRM Oba (Barr.) Semiudeen Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo at the Adeboruwa palace in Igbogbo recently.
Responding to the protest by Chief Jelili Oduntan who spoke on behalf of Oba Kasali and the entire Adeboruwa-in-Council, regarding the usage of Oga logo for Ikorodu Division’s programmes and treatment of other parts of the division, Hon. Agunbiade called for a joint logo as symbol of the division’s new found love.
“All you have said are valid and I am grateful that we are talking. I want to appreciate our royal fathers for the new-found love and cooperation among them. We are proud of our royal fathers who have been playing fatherly roles and representing us very well outside the division.
Recalling his motion at the Lagos State House of Assembly, which led to the change of the state’s official logo to accommodate values peculiar to every part of Lagos State, Hon. Agunbiade advocated for the Ikorodu division’s symbol of unity.
“To address the protest, there must be a logo of Ikorodu division symbol of unity. We need to consolidate the cooperation that is now existing among the component units of the division by picking values that are important to the major parts of the division and put them together to form a symbol for the division. So, if we have to be united and guide against complaints, there is need for Ikorodu division’s symbol of unity. The purpose is to reunify the various aspects of Ikorodu division into one indivisible entity” Hon. Agunbiade stated.
“During the campaign for my second term, I raised the issue of ‘I’ as a constant and significant factor in the name of Ikorodu, Ipakodo, Igbogbo, Ijede, Isiu and Imota and that this letter ‘I’ should not be seen as one before the others but as a unifying and collective sign because the makers of the name did not meet at any conference before naming these towns. There must be something significant about it to the division.
“This is my official visit to Kabiyesi since his coronation. Though, we were professional colleagues before his ascension and as a royal father, he is father to all and as a result, I am here with my team to pay homage and inform him of our plan for Ikorodu division’s cultural and traditional rebirth through a foundation, Ikorodu Division Rebirth, which we set up for that purpose.
He explained that the Ikorodu Division Rebirth Foundation is all about rebirth of culture and tradition in the division.
“We are planning Asa festival as a major cultural value we are putting forward in Ikorodu division to the state government. The government is sponsoring many festivals and cultural heritages in other parts of the state. Our team, Ikorodu Rebirth Foundation has done extensive research on Asa and we have compiled our discoveries in a book and video documentary. In the course of our research, it was discovered that Asa is also been practiced in other parts of the division but unfortunately, it is now going into extinction. Part of our aims is to revive these cultural values and develop Ikorodu division’s tourism potentials
He added that he will also be visiting other royal fathers across the division for the same purpose.
“Our case has always been like, and we must put an end to what has been dividing us and focus on what those things that unites us so that we can in togetherness fight what we are entitled to at the state level. If we are not to be left out of the scheme of things, we have to speak with one voice.
Reacting to the request that he should intervene in the unfolding development where Lagos Island traditional council is asking traditional chiefs from Ikorodu division to stop using White cap (Keremesi), Hon. Agunbiade assured Oba Kasali and his chiefs that the matter would be looked into.
“My grandfather, Olofin of Offin, Chief Shodeinde Oladeinde, was never a Baale but a white cap chief. The documents are in the archive in Ibadan. His picture when he ascended the throne with the Keremesi cap is still available in our house and other things, but we are now distorting tradition by installing Baale in Offin”
“We are working on having more royal fathers we shall extend the division. We are going to discuss more with our royal fathers and see to that development. It is important for our division to have adequate strength at the state traditional council. We are also working to ensure that many of our chiefs are gazetted by the government”, he assured Oba Kasali.
“I can assure you that in our subsequent empowerment programmes to Igbogbo as requested by the kabiyesi and chiefs. As correctly stated by the kabiyesi, I am partly Igbogbo but representing Ikorodu Constituency I but I cannot turn down the request of our royal father and his chiefs to empowe Igbogbo youths economically and socially.
Earlier, Oba Kasali while welcoming the Majority Leader and his entourage to the palace thanked them for the visit which he described as important.
While assuring Hon. Agunbiade of his support in all his activities, kabiyesi enjoined him to extend his representation to Constituency II especially Igbogbo where he’s also partly from.
“I have no doubt that you will use your good office to address some if not all the observations made by Chief Oduntan concerning fairness and equity in the relationship among other parts of the division.
“I want to thank our Majority Leader, Hon. Agunbiade and his team, for this visit. We are proud of your outstanding representation but we are expecting you to extend that to Constituency II in practical term especially Igbogbo that you are also partly from. I will be ready and willing to host your next empowerment programme in my palace,” Oba Kasali stated to underline his request.
“Your programme for Ikorodu division’s traditional and cultural rebirth is also laudable. We are more endowed than other parts of the state but unfortunately, it is not showing in our status. We have many historical and cultural monuments through which the division can derive social and economic importance in Lagos State and Nigeria. We have started collating important sites and cultural festivals in Igbogbo.
Also, Chief Jelili Oduntan, Balogun/Gbelegboye of Igbogbo, in his opening speech on behalf of His Royal Majesty Oba Semiudeen Kasali and entire Adeboruwa chiefs and Igbogbo residents, had protested the usage of ‘Oga’ statue on the Lagos @ 50 symposia brochure to represent Ikorodu division and call for adequate and equal recognition of other obas in the division during programmes.
He also raised the issue of protest by Lagos Island chiefs against the usage of white caps by some chiefs in Ikorodu which he said has been part of their tradition since time immemorial.
“We need more Obas in Ikorodu division to have numerical strength at state level. You can use your good office to see to it that some areas with genuine claims are allowed to have traditional rulers while some deserving Baales that have royal blood can also be elevated to the obaship status. In like manner, we are also appealing to you to help our chiefs across the division in ensuring that they are gazetted”
While commending the state lawmaker for the visit, Chief Oduntan also appealed to him to extend his representation to Igbogbo.
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