By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA- The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Dr Sikiru Adetona has commended the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for using his position as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters which was second in command in the military hierarchy, to make Abeokuta, his hometown, the capital of Ogun state.
The Awujale said the Ogun State capital was never recommended among cities considered for Ogun State capital in 1976 when the state was being created by the military administration of late General Murtala Muhammed.
The monarch stated this at the weekend in his remarks during the turbaning ceremony of Princess Khadijat Adebisi Edionsere a.k.a Cash Madam as the first Iya Suna of Ogun State by the Muslims Council.
The royal father who is the president of the Ogun State Muslims Council, however absolved Obasanjo who was then Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Lieutenant General Olusegun Obasanjo, Obasanjo of any wrongdoing saying the general only proved ‘to be a true son of Abeokuta.’
The Awujale also used the occasion to appeal to the people of the state to support the effort of the state governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun in rebuilding the state.
“It is good to use your position to positively affect your people. When Ogun State was to be created, Abeokuta was not the city recommended as state capital. But because Obasanjo was the second in command, he took the capital to Abeokuta. I don’t condemn his action, I am only saying our people should learn from that,” Awujale said.
While commending Amosun for ongoing projects in the state, Oba Adetona dismissed allegations in some quarters that the governor is concentrating more on Abeokuta stressing that state capitals around the world enjoy certain privileges that befit their status.
“We have bridge in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Abeokuta, Ilaro. The governor is touching everywhere. Abeokuta is the state capital just like Abuja or Lagos and therefore should be treated as a state capital.”
Oba Adetona then charged the newly installed Muslims’ Women leader, Princess Adebisi Edionsere to continue her support for propagation of Islam through her philanthropic activities.
In her acceptance speech, Edionsere promised to use her wealth for continuous spread of Islam as a religion of peace stressing that there was nothing in Islam that supports violence.
While praising men of the Nigerian Army in their efforts to rid the country of insurgents, she appealed to parents to take care of their children and teach them the true teachings of Islam for them not to fall victim of wrong ideology.