By Olufemilade Oyinade
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been described as a visionary leader who means well for the people of the state and working assiduously towards realising his dreams and aspirations for them.
This were the words of His Royal Highness, Oba Adeyinka Onakade, the Alakenne of Ikenne Demo, Ogun State in Nigeria in an exclusive interview with our team in his Ikenne home shortly after the celebration of his 10th Coronation Anniversary as the Alakenne of Ikenne Remo.
Oba Onakade said during his electioneering campaigns Prince Abiodun promised to come and serve the people of Ogun State if elected as Governor of the state, and that within two years in office he has touched almost all the nooks and crannies of the state. “Our dear Governor has been up and doing, this is indicative of his sincerity and dedication to the service of the state.
“I admire him, not just because he is from the same local Government with me, but because he has shown that he is truly a man of his words. I, like many people in the state pride in his attainments so far, hence I pray to God to continue to grant him the grace and strength to fully deliver on his promises. I really don’t have any iota of doubt that at the end of his tenure, the state would be wearing an enviable looks”.
Alakenne stated that by his evaluation, the mantra “building our future together” was well thought out by the Governor and his team because since he took mantle of leadership in the state, Prince Abiodun has ensured regular interactions with people from one Senatorial district to the others, and also evolving people-oriented projects. “Wherever you go in the state you can see that, as his administration is busy building housing estates so also road construction or reactivation never ceased. His efforts in Agriculture is second to none. His many laurels speak eloquently. Prince Abiodun strides in: ICT, Education and other fields remain unbeatable. I’m really proud of him. It is logical to say, the people of the state are lucky to have him”.
“I want to personally thank the Governor and the law enforcement agencies, particularly the Commissioner of Police, Commandant of Civil Defence, Commander of Amotekun, Commander of Vigilante Group in the area of security of lives and properties of the people and for handling power with civility at all times and particularly while my 10th Coronation anniversary lasted.
“I also want to specially appreciate the fatherly role played by His Royal Majesty, Oba Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom who personally graced my 10th Coronation anniversary with retinue of traditional rulers from the kingdom. I’m indeed humbled by their presence and immeasurably contributing to its success.
“I profoundly thank all sons and daughters of Ikenne, both home and in Diaspora, from: the traditional institutions in Ikenne from: Oluwo, Apena, the Erelus, the Christians, Muslims and the Youths for their harmonious conduct, expression of love for me and support and contributions to various activities of the anniversary. I reverentially thank God for the peace and tranquillity that characterised the celebration as no disturbance of any sorts, hence no one was harassed and no single arrest made. I certainly have reasons to be grateful to God”
“I want to once again use the opportunity to call on those who are feeling aggrieved over whatever reasons to join hands with me and the chiefs so that, collectively we will be able to take the town to a greater height. “Ikenne belongs to everyone of us and it is only when we genuinely come together and conscientiously work together that we can record any meaningful development. I hold on tenaciously that He will grant us His mercies by crowning our efforts with remarkable and unprecedented achievements.
Oba Onakade who described Ikenne and the people as fortunate on the grounds that the State Governor is from the Local Government and the Country’s Vice President, an indigene opined that it was apposite for them to come together, leverage on their good offices by initiating developmental projects which the duo could help them see to fruition.
The traditional ruler therefore charged them to sheath their swords, bury their hatchets, work together for the common good of each of them and the benefit of the land.