By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Chris Onuoha
The joy of indigenes of Ikorodu and Yaba areas knew no bounds when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State within one week, installed and presented staff of office and instrument of appointment to the newly appointed traditional ruler and elevation of another from Baale (a local chief) to Obaship status.
The newly installed Obas are His Royal Majesty, Oba Basiru Sotonwa as the Sekumade of Ipakodo, Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area of the state and His Royal Majesty, Oba Muritalab Aremu Ogun-Olokoo, Adeori–Okin1, the Olu of Iwaya, Yaba Local Government Area.
It is instructive to know that since the inception of the Governor Ambode-led administration in the state, a total of 21 Obas and 128 Baales and chiefs have been installed, while 12 Obas were reclassified across the state.
Presenting the staff of office and instruments of appointment to the Obas, Ambode charged them and other traditional rulers in the state to maintain peace and order in their domains.
Ambode, who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, speaking at Ipakodo community, implored royal fathers to maintain peace and order in their communities and urged the youths and residents to guard jealously all infrastructural amenities provided by the state government for the betterment of their community and desist from cultism and all forms of hooliganism by exhibiting good habits.
AjaraVetho Kingdom gets Oba
Meanwhile, in Badagry, AjaraVetho Kingdom had a long overdue monarchy deprivation rested. The AholuKoshoedo Ebenezer Ahisu, the AholuThaZunnohToyon 1 of AjaraVethi Kingdom assumed the full status of a first class chief after Supreme Court of Nigeria declared and endorsed the kingdom’s autonomy from subservience.
The Ajara Kingdom in western part of Badagry, Lagos State, predominantly farmers, businessmen and public service practitioners, has operated under lesser chiefs and Baales for decades.
In what some of the palace chiefs called patience, persistence and resilience in making sure that justice is done, Ajara Kingdom stood their ground and eventually won a long drawn legal battle of installing own kings, three Kabieyesis in one day.
The other two are; Oba Samuel AmosuOwolabani as AholuWenthon 1, De-Yeyi of AjaraTopa Kingdom and AholuAganoToniyon 1 of AjaraAgamathen Kingdom.
AholuThaZunnoh, the Toyon 1 of AjaraVetho Kingdom becomes first installed monarch at the age of over 90 years stemming from persistent quest to create and preserve an identity for the first settlers of Ajara land in Badagry, Lagos State.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. AkinwumiAmbode represented by Lagos State Commissioner of Local government and chieftaincy matters, Muslim Folarin presented the staff of office and instrument of appointment to the kings.
In his address, he said” I am delighted to be part of this memorable and historic occasion of the official installation and presentation of staff of office to His Royal Highness, AholuKoshoedo Ebenezer Ahisu as AholuThaZunnoToyon 1 of AjaraVetho.It would be recalled that the people of AjaraVetho and members of Zodoganwu Ruling House were persistent in their request for the upgrading of the stool of their Baale to that of Obaship and after going through due process, the Government approved the appointment of their request. Kabieyesi, you are now going into the history as the 1st officially recognised Aholu of AjaraVetho, I hereby rejoice with you and the members of Zodoganwu Ruling House.”
Gov. Ambode also advised the new king that the institution of traditional Obaship remains a rallying point for the people and serving as vehicle for the dissemination of government policies and programmes and for mobilization of the populace. “You should be seen as a rallying point for the maintenance of communal peace and social development,” Ambode added.
Oba Akran of Badagry, De Aholu Menu-Toyi 1 led a mammoth of other royal fathers to welcome the new kabieyesi into the Obaship status. The installation ceremony which will lead to full coronation later in the year witnessed a beehive of dignitaries that comprises government officials, politicians, businessmen and the entire community. Other royal fathers from different communities in Lagos State including the Igbo and Hausa community living in Badagry were in attendance.