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OPENING ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. (ENGR.) ABDULLAHI SESAN OLOWA,THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

IBEJU-LEKKI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AT THE OCCASION OF THE CORONATION OF HIS ROYAL MAJESTY (OBA) WALIU OLASUNKANMI RASAQ; OGUNTOLU (1), THE ONIBEJU OF IBEJU LAND, THE PARAMOUNT RULER OF IBEJU-LEKKI LOCAL GOVERNMENT HELD ON SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY, 2O23 AT OPEN FIELD IDI-OROGBO, IBEJU-LEKKI, LAGOS.

His Excellency – Mr Governor

His Excellency – The Deputy Governor,

Distinguished Senator,

Member, House of Representatives, Ibeju-Lekki,

LAHA Honorable Members Ibeju-Lekki Constituencies 1&2,

Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs,

The Vice Chairman Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and other Political Office Holders,

Our Royal Fathers,

Opinion Leaders,

Religious Leaders,

Market Men and Women,

Captains of Industry,

The good people of Ibeju lekki Local Government,

Gentlemen of the Press,

Ladies and gentlemen .

I stand before you all this morning with deep sense and admiration for the culture, tradition and customs of Ibeju-Lekki which are the hallmarks this historic occasion. We are all here today to herald a new epoch in the annals of this ancient kingdom and to witness the onset of a fresh era beginning with the coronation of our new monarch His Royal Majesty Oba Waliu Olasunkanmi Rasaq; Oguntolu, the Onibeju of Ibeju Land

It is indeed an honour for me and every indigene of Ibeju Kingdom to be part of this experience. We are happy that the vacuum and lull created by the sad passing of the late Onibeju, Oba Rafiu Olusegun Salami (may Allah (swt) accept his return) has now been put in abeyance by the ascension of Oba Waliu Oguntolu. It is my belief that today’s ceremony which is the culmination of a week –long coronation rites of our Oba is the beginning of a reign of peace and progress in Ibeju land.

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, I want to congratulate the entire people of Ibeju-Lekki of this generation, we have all witnessed rare memorable events that have put Ibeju-Lekki on the spotlight for positive commentaries. The opening of the Lekki deep sea port, construction of the largest single train refinery in the world. Our traditional institution also witnessed an unprecedented buzz with the installation of Seven Obas in a day just a few months ago under this administration. This has further proven how rooted our land is in tradition. It has bolstered leadership and oversight at the grassroots and provided additional impetus for rapid development and growth of our dear land.

 

Today, Ibeju-kingdom is witnessing the coronation ceremony of her 20th Royal father. His Royal Majesty Oba Waliu Olasunkanmi, Oguntolu (1) as the Onibeju of Ibeju Land and the paramount ruler of Ibeju-kingdom. I believe Kabiyesi’s emergence has come to consolidate the foremost stool of Onibeju and earn for the crown its pride of place among traditional stools in the state and beyond. Again it is our fervent prayer that this will be the beginning of better things to come to communities under his reign.

Permit me to also use this avenue to commend our new royal father on the peace initiatives he has embarked upon since his appointment. Let me further appeal to Kabiyesi not to relent but rather intensify this noble efforts to engender peace and unity in Ibeju land as progress, growth and development eludes any land where rancor and unhealthy altercations fester.

 

I also urge all members of the ruling house who contested with the Kabiyesi to please embrace peace in the interest of the growth and advancement of the kingdom .

 

Distinguished guests, sons and daughters of Ibeju Kingdom, I am also using this opportunity to appreciate the able Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu for the timely and seamless manner he handled Kabiyesi’s appointment.

Our gratitude also goes to the officiating Ministry, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Lagos State for coming all the way to be part of this Coronation Ceremony. Honorable Commissioner Sir, we are very grateful. The entire people of Ibeju-Lekki thank you for your support in Sustaining and upholding our cherished heritage.

 

As I welcome all to this historic occasion,let me reiterate my commitment and that of every member of the Ibeju-Lekki Local Government administration under my watch to support our father, the new Onibeju to have a fruitful and impactful reign.

 

In closing , I would like to use this occasion as an avenue for us to call on my people to support our party,the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all its candidates at the coming polls. Let us all vote massively for APC as a payback for the dividends of democracy we enjoyed from the ruling party.

 

Let us Vote Asiwaju, Sanwoolu, Abiru, Bayo Balogun, Mojeed Fatai and Oladele Ajayi.

 

I welcome you all once again and wish you safe return to your various abodes after the ceremonies.

 

Thank you and God bless.

 

Signed:

Hon. (Engr.) Abdullahi Sesan Olowa

Executive Chairman,

Ibeju-Lekki Local Government

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