By Agbonkhese Oboh
TWO socio-cultural organisations, Ikorodu-Oga Development Association, IKODASS, and Association of Akwa-Cross Indigenes, have honoured High Chief Owolabi Salis, Lagos State governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy, AD.
As part of events marking the grand finale of Ikorodu Day celebration, IKODASS honoured High Chief Salis with a Merit Award, presented to him by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who was represented by Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development.
Speaking on the award/awardee, HRM Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi of Ikorodu Kingdom said: “The Salis he knows is humane, ca-ring and respects culture.”
Responding, Salis said Ikorodu has been instrumental to the promotion of Yoruba culture worldwide, noting “I respect culture because Nigeria’s multi-cultural nature is important to the black race globally.”
Also, the indigenes of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, at their 2018 conference in Lagos, honoured Salis with the chieftaincy title of Abai (Pillar) of Akwa-Cross.
Salis, a lawyer and accountant, who was Special Guest of Honour and Speaker at the event, presentated a paper on Achieving Unity and Creating Sense of Belonging in Diverse Nigeria.