Fulanis across Nigeria have been urged to make Nigerians proud by using alternate grazing with hay storage in feeding their cattle in pens as obtained in advanced countries instead of grazing with a call on the federal government to launch an orientation programme on the construction of pens and provision of hay.
A first class traditional ruler in the State of Osun, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I made the call while receiving some Fulani dignitaries in his palace in Iwo.
A statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, quoted Oluwo as underscoring the importance of Fulani as one of the major providers of food for the nation stressing the need for them to modernize animal raising by constructing byre for cattle and make provision for sufficient hay as obtained in advanced countries.
Oluwo described the impact of Fulani in meat production as imperative, calling on them to respect international standard of cattle rearing to establish and sustain peaceful affinity with farmers across Nigeria.
Oba Adewale Akanbi therefore called on the federal government to launch an orientation programme on hay and pen development.
The monarch said there is no sense in farmers fighting herdsmen as animal raising is part of farming.
His words ”Herdsmen and farmers are both agriculturists. Both are factors in promoting our economy and must learn to live peacefully. To establish symbiotic relationship, the government has a vital role to play. They need to launch orientation training for the herdsmen and change their direction to alternate grazing with pen construction with adequate hay storage said Oluwo.
“The alternative to grazing is pen with sufficient hay storage. That is how it is done in advanced country. You can never see herdsmen grazing cattle in Europe. The federal government needs to orientate herdsmen across Nigeria to construct byre with adequate hay.”
By Toba Adedeji
Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has tasked the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams who was recently appointed as Aare Ona Kakanfo to curb kidnapping and ritual killing in Yorubaland.
The revered monarch made this request in a statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER by his press secretary, Mr. Alli Ibrahim.
Describing Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi’s choice of Otunba Adams as appropriate, Oluwo said there can not be any better time to appoint Generalissimo of the Oyo Empire other than now.
Oluwo said, “Appointment of Gani Adams is a right decision especially at this fragile period when our revered and rich tradition is threatened, when people are killed in the name of culture. what a serious war against humanity?; at a time when ritual killings are perpetrated in the name of culture and kidnapping is trekking to Yoruba race barefooted.
Gani Adams, he said, his primary duty is to defend Yoruba race, her people and culture against oppression.
” You must do all within reach to curb kidnapping; curtail incessant killings of mostly the students for rituals by Alfas, Pastors and Ritualists; stopping Offering of human part as sacrifice; Promoting modernization of sacred places and modernization of sacrificial tools to community development projects such as road patching, borehole, human empowerment.”
“Otunba Gani Adams, all these are wars that must be fought if our tradition is to be attractive once again, because no child will be motivated to a deity and culture that accept human being as sacrifice.
Oluwo concluded that the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams will liberate the Yorubas from poverty of mind that has beclouded the sense of reasoning, for accepting offering a child that may grow up to be president of this nation to deities.
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi is today celebrating his 50th Birthday anniversary.
The event which is also expected to mark second year of the frontline monarch on the throne had among other dignitaries Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun, the Minister for Communication, Barr Adebayo Shittu, Etsu Nupe, Imperial Majesty, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar in attendant.
Others are Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Former SSG to Oyo State government, Mr. Olayiwola Adekojo.
Though former Nigeria president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo could not make it to the event but sent representation.
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The State Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Hon Rasaq Salinsile has congratulated the Oluwo of Iwo Kingdom, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, on his 50th birthday today.
Salinsile in a statement personally signed and made available to OSUN DEFENDER described the monarch as one of the nation’s most revered royal fathers and praised his unwavering dedication to the highest ideals in his distinguished reign as the Oluwo of Iwo Kingdom.
“On the occasion of your 50th birthday and 2nd anniversary of your enthronement, I join other Iwo sons and daughters and well meaning Nigerians to extend warm felicitations to Your Majesty on this glorious attainment.
“Yours has been a life truly worthy of celebration. You have always readily availed our community and the state of Osun of your wise counsel and invaluable support as it is shown in your daily community efforts, working assiduously to reposition our dear town for enduring peace, accelerated growth and development.
“As you celebrate this glorious anniversaries, I pray God for your life and that He continues to guide, guard and prosper you, even as He blesses you with many more years of good health and personal fulfillment”
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu I) has been described as a round peg in a round hole, who has been making all efforts to see to the uplifment of his people since he mounted the throne.
This was contained in a press statement issued and signed by a prominent indigene of the ancient town and Secretary to the Government of the State of Osun, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, while congratulating the frontline monarch on his 50th birthday.
According to Alhaji Adeoti, the monarch mounted the throne of his forefathers at a time many communities across the country were yearning for younger generation to lead them.
“Since he mounted the throne, Oba Akànbi has brought tremendous positive changes to the immediate environment in particular and the state in general through rehabilitation of township roads and other public infrastructures.
“This has also reflected in the monarch’s efforts in catering for the poor and needy in Iwoland through regular distribution of food and clothing materials.
“Widows and indigent students of Iwoland origin have never had it so good,” Alhaji Adeoti stressed.
The SSG therefore prayed that Oba Akanbi celebrates more of the day in good health, abundance and prosperity in the land of the living.
While further congratulating the monarch on his special day, Alhaji Adeoti appreciated him for promoting the image of the town through all his efforts in building bridges across the country as reflected in his numerous visits to fellow prominent traditional rulers in various geopolitical zones of the nation.
The Imperial Majesty of Iwo Kingdom, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has declared his intention to extend the Territory of Iwo Empire by not selling any land in the community but to buy more land at the boundary and name it after Iwo kingdom.
The revered monarch who spoke at his palace describing his personality, said, he is contented with what God bestowed upon him.
Oba Akanbi condemning materialism mentality, he said, “I’m wealthy and contented. Money is just one of my instruments God bestowed on me. It bows for me. I can buy any latest vehicles but of what advantage is acquiring material instruments when millions of Nigerians are hungry. As such, I channel my resources to feeding the orphans, widows and the less privileged in my palace.
“I rehabilitate roads, assisting in school fees payments and many other humanitarian services. That is my own Rolls-Royce, my luxury and happiness “.
He also added, “I’ve never sell a plot of land in Iwo since my enthronement and I will never sell. A responsible father doesn’t sell his children property, only a father suffering from poverty of ideas does that.
He reiterated that, selling Iwo land is like selling his children property.
He said, “I don’t and will never do that. Even, I’m planning to buy some land at the extreme edge of my territory to extend my domain. If I buy land belonging to Oyo at my boundary and change it name to Iwo. That is one of my dreams “.
The Oluwo of Iwo-land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale, on Thursday stressed the need for the Ilorin Emirate and his kingdom to come together in a bid to further promote economic and manpower development between the two communities.
The monarch stated this in Ilorin when he visited the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari at his palace. Oba Adewale was accompanied by over 50 traditional rulers and Chiefs of Iwo land.
He noted that the visit was to solicit the support of the people of Ilorin especially through the Emir in order to ensure that areas of common interest are identified.
According to him, “In Iwo land, all that we stand for is Islam and we discovered that Ilorin Emirate is a front-runner in the propagation of Islam. With our proximity with this revered city of knowledge, we can’t afford to loose out in the numerous opportunities that are available both at national and international levels.
“Iwo has the first mosque in the whole south-western region which was converted from a shrine in 1655. On several occasions, I have condemned the worship of deities in its entirety. Not that I said that we said forget our culture but my advocacy I’d for us to belief in God and always ensure that we use our stools as traditional rulers to promote peaceful co-existence in our domains.”
He however extolled the virtues of the Emir in making life more meaningful for the people of Ilorin Emirate through his quality leadership roles among his subjects even as he pledged his unalloyed loyalty to further foster and actualise robust working relationship.
In his response, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari , publicly announced that, “As from today, I hereby declare that Ilorin Emirate and Iwo land have become one.”
He added that, “This become because of common identity of Islam which binds us together and we have to ensure that we hold each other as one. On out side, we shall always see you as a brother and friend in Islam.”
The Emir therefore assure the Oluwo that as the gateway between the north and south, Ilorin will continue to play leadership roles in the propagation of Islam and morality vis-a-vis peaceful co-existence in the country.
Source: ROYAL NEWS
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, in this interview with FEMI MAKINDE, shares his experience before and after he ascended the throne of his forefathers
How was growing up and where?
I was born 50 years ago into a royal family. I can’t tell you that my growing up was very rosy because a royal family is usually a wealthy family. But I went through so many things but I thank God, I acquired a lot of experiences while growing up and I believe that God wanted me to go through those in order to prepare me for my present position.
What are some of those things?
Let me just say that I travelled a lot. I have been to many places and during my growing up years, I had to do a lot of things by myself. I have trained myself to be independent; I have done a lot and I went through life by myself as a young boy and this actually made me to be able to resolve knotty issues. Although I am just 50 years old, I have a wealth of experience more than most people of my age. If I ask some to pass through what I went through, they may not be able to make it except by the grace of God, which I also enjoyed.
How did Iwo come into existence?
The history of Iwoland had been badly distorted until God put me on the throne and used me to amend the distortions. You have to dig deep into the root before you know the history of Iwo Kingdom and to know who the Oluwo is. Anybody can become a pastor or an alfa but not everybody can become a king. Where is the crown of Iwo from? Iwo is actually from Ife. The crown of Iwo is from the first female that ever became a king in the whole of Yorubaland and the entire West Africa.
What was her name?
Her name was Luwo Gbagida. She was the only woman that ever became the Ooni of Ife. Her history is so unique because there was no respect for women at all when she became the Ooni. She was the greatest woman in history at that time. Where did she get her crown from? She got her crown from her father’s lineage, which is the House of Oduduwa. Oduduwa was her great, great grandfather and if she got her crown from her father’s lineage and her great, great grandfather was Oduduwa, then where is the Oluwo’s crown from? Then that means Oluwo’s crown is from Oduduwa because the crown that was given to Telu, the son of the female Ooni, was from Oduduwa. Telu can be said to be a child of a chief in Ife but the crown that was given to him was from Oduduwa.
Telu was the only son of Luwo Gbagida. His mother (Luwo Gbagida) was the one that gave her the crown and told him to take the crown to the land where the only creature that speaks besides human beings could be found. The only creature that ‘speaks’ apart from humans is the parrot.
Is it a taboo to kill parrots in Iwoland?
We don’t kill parrots in Iwoland. Iwo is called the land of the parrots. We tame them and look after them.
Is it a taboo?
It will be a taboo to kill a parrot. Why will you even say you want to kill a parrot? It is inhuman to do that. Another thing is that you must know that the crown of Iwo is from the House of Oduduwa. It was a distorted history before I came and they said the crown was from Obaloran. Obaloran had no crown. In Ife, all the chiefs under the Ooni at that time had what was called ‘Ooro’. That was what they put on their heads. All the baales in Ife at that time did not have crown, they had the Ooro. It was the Ooni Sijuwade, who upgraded them to the status of Obas. It wasn’t so from the beginning.
Luwo Gbagida, after she had ascended the throne, asked one chief, Obaloran, to have sex with her and that was how she gave birth to Telu. Telu was his only son. The woman suffered the agony of releasing her only male child to go and establish another town. There was no bicycle or vehicle then and she did not give Telu any description of how to get to where he would find the land of the parrots. She just told him to keep on going until he would come to the place. She was losing her only male child, Telu and Telu was also losing his mother because they knew they might never see again. So where is the origin of her crown? Remember that Luwo Gbagida was an Ooni at that time and it means that Oluwo is a prince of Ife. The Orangun is a prince from Ife; the Alaafin is a prince from Ife, the Owa is a prince from Ife, the Onisabe, Onipopo, Ajero, Alaketu are all princes from Ife and Oluwo is also a prince from Ife. Oluwo was given a crown by the authority from Ife.
Not all kings are natural kings. Some people somewhere say Baale of Iwo but Oluwo has never been a Baale at anytime. He has a natural crown from inception. All the Obas with natural crowns in the whole of Yorubaland cannot be more than 10.
You always speak against idol worshiping, are you saying that you were not made to perform some rituals or rites before you ascended the throne?
Ninu ikoko dudu ni eko funfun ti n jade (the white pap is prepared from the black pot). But once the pap is out of the black pot, does it have anything to do with the black pot again? You can’t eat the black pot but you can eat the white pap. Let me tell you, Prophet Ibrahim known as Abraham came out of an idol worshiping background. Jesus Christ was born into a background of people worshiping idols. Look at it, all the kings after Solomon turned against God and worshiped idols. That is why you see in the Bible that God punished the Israelites by allowing their enemies to take them into captivity anytime they worshiped idols. God used the Chaldeans, the Assyrians to punish them. So, it was Mary, who gave birth to Jesus and who gave birth to Mary and what were her parents doing then?
To be specific, were you made to perform some rites or rituals?
There were some rites they would ask you to perform. But there were some I told them I could not perform because they were against my religious belief. There were some rites that did not conform with my religion and I did not perform those ones. Whether you perform the rites or not, the day the government announces you as the king, that is settled. That is why God made me the king, there are some things that we need to sieve out of our rich culture.
You were turbaned the day you were announced as the Oluwo and we heard that is the practice were. Does it mean a non-Muslim cannot become the Oluwo?
If God says you will become the king, nobody can stop that. It doesn’t matter what you are, it is God, who makes the kings.
How many days did you spend at Ile Onto (seclusion)?
I spent the number of days I was supposed to spend there. I did everything I was supposed to do. I did all.
Can you tell us some of the things you did while you were there?
Those ones are not for public consumption. Those things that happened there were just for me and not to be relayed to the public. I can’t ask you some certain things now. I can’t ask you how you did certain things in your own house.
What role did Iwo town play in the propagation of Islam in Yorubaland?
Islam spread to every part of the South-West from Iwo town. Islam came to Iwo in 1685. The first mosque in Iwo was in 1665. Iwo had been in existence long before some bigger towns came into existence. Let these towns go and find out if they were in existence in the 11th century. Iwo’s crown is natural, it has never been elevated. Some were baales before they were elevated to the status of Obas but that is not so with Iwo. The Oluwo has never been a baale.
From where did Islam come to Iwo town?
The missionaries that brought Islam to Iwo came from Mali. You know that they speak French in Mali and the people of Mali are called Malians. So Yoruba people called the religion the Malian brought to Iwo ‘ Esin Imale’ . What they meant by Imale is the distorted way of referring to the Malians. The Malians were the first to bring Islam to Iwo town. Muhammadu Lamuye was the first to build a mosque. Iwo Central Mosque shares the same background with the mosque in Mecca. Just like the mosque in Mecca was built on a ground where idol was formerly being worshiped, the Iwo Central Mosque was also built on the spot where idol was being worshipped before. Where Iwo Central Mosque is situated was formerly known as ‘Ile Baba Olorisa’. Orisa was being worshiped there before the mosque was built on the same spot.
Is it true that you are planning to change the obaship status of Iwo monarch into emirate? There are insinuations that you are planning to make Iwo oba an emir. Is it true?
Change to an emirate? You can even say I am an emir now because I am the leader of all the Muslims in Iwo. In Iwo, it is the Oluwo that installs the Imam and all other chieftaincy titles in the mosque. The central mosque in Iwo belongs to the Oluwo. It was the king at that time, Muhammadu Lamuye, that built the mosque. The central mosque is owned by the Oba. If there is no Oba in Iwo, and there is also no imam. There will never by an imam until there is an Oba in the palace. During the interregnum of 10 years when there was no Oluwo, there was also no imam. Iwo is different because chieftaincy titles at the central mosque belong to the Oba.
Are you saying the Oluwo can lead the prayer at the central mosque?
The Oluwo can lead the prayer at any mosque in Iwoland if he wants and if he is clean. I am clean because I am not an Idol worshiper and I don’t believe in any other gods. That is why I am advocating that the dirty aspects of our culture should be removed. Every aspect of the culture or practice that asks you to sacrifice another person should be thrown away. I am not Igbakeji Orisa. (I am not second in command to any gods.) I am above them. I tell them where they should be put. I am a commander over Orisa, I command them, they don’t command me. I am the one to tell them the location where the idol worshippers should put their Orisa. I relocated the Orisa that had been inside my palace for over 800 years. I told them to remove it and put it somewhere outside the palace. There must not be any other lesser gods in a king’s domain. God is a jealous God and he will not watch you elevating an idol to his equal.
How many wives do you have now?
I have only one wife and I should have only one because I want to be a good example to all my children.
Are you not planning to marry more wives as a king and a Muslim?
I am not planning to marry another wife. The king must be the best in all things; that is how God ordained it to be. I am the father, so I must be the best. Even at ceremonies, the king should be the best dressed. If the President or the governor is doing anything now, as the king, they are all my children. The president is my son, the governor and others are all my children. If they are celebrating anything, I should be the best dressed because as their father, my joy should be the utmost because if your children are doing good things, won’t you be happy? That is why I dress in my best all the time because I must be the best dressed at all occasions.
That was why I called for prayers when President Buhari was sick I did that because Buhari is my son and it is only a stupid father that will be happy when one of his children is sick. Whether the President is a Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo or anybody, I am their father and I should not be happy when one of them is sick because I am their father.
Why did you give your crown to your Olori (wife) to wear?
Go and look at the ‘Ori Olokun,’ it is Yeyemeso, the first wife of Oduduwa. When Oduduwa came to Yorubaland, he won the hearts of the people with love. He brought civilisation because he came from where there was civilisation. His name means ‘O du du wa’(He came out black); that is the meaning of Oduduwa. He was called Oduduwa because he came out black and all his siblings had fair skin like those in the Middle East. He was civilised from where he came from. He showed many people love and he started government and wore the crown. He showed them that where he came from, the queens wore the crown. Go and check Cleopatra and others. Oduduwa brought that idea to Yorubaland and gave his queen the crown to wear. Prof. Adisa Ogunfolakan corroborated this. He is from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife and he is also a prince from Ife. Prof. Ogunfolakan is in charge of the museum and natural history in Ife. He came and said, Kabiyesi, what you said was true. He himself brought the image of an Ooni and his wife, both of them wearing the crown. He said, ‘Oluwo, you are right. What you saw in the spiritual is actually true. Do you know why many kings don’t allow their queens to wear the crown? They think there is no equal opportunity for male and female in Africa; many of them have more than one wife and they don’t know who to give the crown to. Some of them don’t want their wives to be more successful but Oduduwa that started this crowned his wife. But many kings, because of their conservative nature, treat women like second class citizens.
Is there any lifestyle that you miss since you ascended the throne?
What kind of lifestyle will I miss? I love this kingship. What is kingship is not a human making. If God can bring me to himself and make me a king, what lifestyle will I be missing? Why won’t I thank God for what he has made me? I can’t miss any low life after God has brought me to the throne. Which life is better than being a king? You just tell me! In this world, there is no life that is better than being a king. If you are a President, after your tenure of eight years or so, you leave the office but it is not so for kings. Do you know why Mugabe wants to die in office? It is because he yearns to attain the status of a king because kings are the only ones who occupy their positions for life. No president can be in office forever and that is why some leaders want to perpetuate themselves in office forever. But it is only kings that can be on the throne from the day they were crowned to their last breath on earth; no political office has such provision. Kings are the representatives of God on earth, God is forever and the same way my throne is forever. When there is an occasion when others have prayed, the king is supposed to be allowed to pray over it because he represents God.
This is why kings must also go back to God. They must be clean and be free of idol worshiping. Kings must not be found to belong to any secret cult. The youth took cultism from their leaders because they knew it from their leaders. That is why I will propose what is called the Enlightenment Act. It is an act that will take us away from poverty of the mind. It will take us away from superstition and myths that are killing Africans.
Some still believe that there is a spirit that brings money through money rituals even if you don’t work. Secret societies have to be outlawed. That was what Britain did through the 1732 Enlightenment Act. Imagine that some indolent people still believe that there is money-making ritual that can make you rich even if you don’t work in this 21st century! The person that wants to do the money ritual for you is living in abject poverty; he is in one room in a slum and you carry N20m to give him to make you rich. Do you think he will not make himself rich if he knows the way? Some of these herbalists are criminals and they should be outlawed
What has been your contribution to the development of Iwoland since you ascended the throne?
Bringing people out of the dark is enough achievement for me. I can’t count my achievements because they are too numerous. The road repair is there. The road linking Iwo to Osogbo, the state capital, I fixed it. I repaired the State High Court and I don’t know if there is any Oba who has done that. I fixed the High Court and spent millions of naira when they threatened to close it down due to dilapidation. The National Open University in Iwo, I sponsored it to be brought here. I spent my money on the building. I gave out laptop computers to schools, tertiary institutions and secondary schools. There is Iwo Children’s Day which is celebrated during the Children’s Day. I am the first king to visit all the schools in his domain in the whole world, I am not just talking of being the first in Nigeria. The free food to orphans, widows and everybody that is poor is going on three days in a week. Just get to the palace from wherever and whoever you are, you will be served. There are many others, the free medical equipment. I visited the neglected people in the society. I visited inmates at Ilesa Prison because people don’t care about them.
What are the challenges facing you since you became the king?
I don’t see challenges, so there is no challenge that can overcome me. I see opposition’s criticisms as the tonic to be stronger and better. God has planned my life and I am just living it.
What is your relationship with other Obas in Yorubaland?
One thing is when you believe that something is right and you pursue it, you don’t need to apologise to anybody for doing it. But if people don’t understand you, they tend to say something against you. But kings must know that they are the ones representing God on earth and they must be clean. President Muhammadu Buhari came with the war against corruption but you can see how some people wage serious war against him. So it is expected. A leader was sick and some wished him dead. If civil servants are sick for three months, should we ask them to resign? If a woman goes for maternity leave of three months, should we ask her to resign? But if Buhari was their son, brother or relative, would they wish him dead?
Source: PUNCH Newspaper
By Toba Ajisafe
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, Telu I, has said that President Muhammodu Buhari would not only complete his first term in office but he will also secure the second term.
The monarch who made this known during an interdenominational prayer session organised for president’s health, said any sickness that will infect President Buhari should infect him rather.
Christians, Muslims and Traditional worshippers were all present at the prayer session which took place at Oluwo’s palace in Iwo on Thursday.
The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Iwo chapter, Pastor Caleb Ayoola led the Christian followers in the prayer while the Iwo Chief Imam, Alhaji Abdulfatai Olododo take the turn of Muslim faith and the Traditionalist was led by Ojetunde Ajibowu.
The prayer session lasted for four hours as mammoth crowd gathered at the palace under the scorching sun to pray according to their religion for Nigeria leaders especially for President Buhari and governor Aregbesola.
According to Oluwo, the prayer session was organised to appreciate God for returning President Buhari back to the country after medical vacation in United Kingdom, just as he charged Nigerians to always pray for their leaders because they carry on their shoulders the destiny of the populace.
“If any one claimed he or she loves Nigeria, the love for the leaders can’t be sidelined. If you claim you love Nigeria and you don’t love the leaders, you have just told a lie.
“It is painful that those who launched that campaign of ‘Resume or Resign’ are not patriotic as they claimed. They politicise the campaign which shouldn’t be. Buhari is my son and I won’t be happy when people are wishing him dead”.
“If any civil servant or police officer fall sick will you advise them to resign?. Those who are are clamouring for Buhari’s resignation are not sane.
He said, “as I have prayed for Buhari today, new life has come for him. He must spend eight years in power regardless of opposition antics against him.
“Nigerian don’t love those that love them but they are passionate about those that hate them. All those who are wishing him dead and those who are clamouring for his resignation shall fall sick.
He also reiterated that, any sickness that will infect the president should infect him, any misfortune that will befall on him(PMB) should befall him.
Among those that grace the session is the representative of wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, Alhaja Halimot Alli, who is the wife to the Secretary of the Oyo State government, representative of Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by a member of the assembly, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh.
Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Ilufemiloye Telu 1, Oluwo of Iwoland has said the zone will produce the next Governor of the state in 2018 to allow a fair balance of Political calculation in the state according to zoning arrangement.
The monarch stated this in his palace when ACCORD PARTY State Chairman in Osun State, Hon. Segun Ayodele Fanibe (Oko-Arugbo) visited him.
“The monarch who was elated in receiving the grassroot politician with the South-West chairman, Alhaji Dokun Babarinde and other Excos said, I’ve heard much about you, please, continuing doing the good works you are doing as there is reward for everything.”
“I know Iwo zone is to be the next Governor of the state and soonest; we will present a marketable candidate.”
“The stool I’m is not my making but God is the one who placed me on the throne and anybody that war against me wage war against God. Such individual will go down naturally and never rise up again.”
“Challenges makes man; if I don’t see challenges in a week, I look for it the following week, because for you to rise up in this world; you must constantly face challenges and overcome it or else you’re dead without challenges,” he said.
Whatever I have is given to me by God and I use it to benefit mankind.
Reason I may decide to trek from Palace to market or around the city to greet my good people.
If I’m driving around I don’t wind my glass up, he said.
While Speaking, Hon. Segun Fanibe said, I deem it fit to pay homage to you for the good work you are doing to make Iwo a better place.”