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Ogun monarchs warn new commissioner against ‘fake Obas’

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA— Four paramount rulers in Ogun State have urged the newly appointed Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Olajide Ojuko to be wary of ‘cunning’ Obas in the state.

The paramount rulers who were the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; the Akarigbo of Remoland , Oba Michael Sonariwo; the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo urged Ojuko to ensure the harmony of the traditional rulers in the state.

The traditional rulers who stated this separately during Ojuko’s visit to their respective palaces in Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Abeokuta urged him to ensure unity and harmony among the traditional rulers in the state.

The Olu of Ilaro said the government should be undeterred in its moves to raise the standard of the traditional institution in the state.

Also speaking at his palace in Sagamu, the Akarigbo said: “It is a very difficult job, there are vacancies and they would spend three to four years without king, and even if there is king, some will go to court.”

The Awujale of Ijebu said: “It is an important ministry that concerns the whole state and has to do with the people around the state.’’

Speaking to journalists after the visits, Ojuko said his visits to their traditional rulers were part of efforts to reposition the traditional institution in the state.

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