The Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburee Babajide Bakre, has presented a new Gbagura Township Monarch to the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo at the Ake Palace on Wednesday, 7 October, 2021.
The new Oba is Saheed Agbaje, the Olu Ilupeju Oke Odo Township of Egbaland.
The new Monarch replaced the late Oba Muftau Adisa Akindele, who joined his ancestors on 5th of July, 2021.
Oba Saheed who was unanimously appointed by the people of Ilupeju Oke Odo, was confirmed by the Agura after all stakeholders had jointly endorsed him before he was installed by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
Introducing him to the Alake, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburee Babajide Bakre, said the new Oba, was the popular choice of the people.
In his address at the Installation, Oba Gbadebo stated that before anybody could be installed as a Monarch, the qualities, knowledge and wisdom which the person possessed would have been properly checked and tested.
He therefore commended the new Ilupeju Oke-Odo Monarch for being upright and zealous.
Alake further advised that Oba Saheed Agbaje should build on the enduring legacies of the past Oke-Odo Monarch, adding that the reason behind any nation having a Monarch was for the greater mobilisation of the people, and development of the communities.
Oba Gbadebo recalled that when he accompanied late Oba Muftau Adisa Akindele to commission some Borehole projects that were erected during his tenure, for the Ilupeju Oke Odo Community, he was overwhelmed by the great efforts that were mobilised to put such laudable projects together.
He added that the uniformity and peaceful co-existence that existed in the land should continue even on greater levels.
Alake also said that it would be a great pleasure to have effective Monarchs in various townships of Egbaland like the Ijebu Kingdom.
He urged the new Monarch to rule the people of Ilupeju with compassion and selflessness, advising him to combine patience with wisdom in ruling the people of the land.
Oba Gbadebo further said that as a Monarch, criticism is inevitable, adding that a wise Monarch would be strong to contain all shades of thoughts from people.
He advised him to be open-minded and truthful, in order to create oneness in the land.
He also prayed that in his time, development and peace would never sieze in Ilupeju and Egbaland as a whole.
Speaking also, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Saburee Babajide Bakre thanked the Alake for his continued support and efforts towards peace and prosperity in Egbaland and Ogun State.
Oba Babajide Bakre also congratulated the new Ilupeju Oke Odo Monarch, saying that all the prayers of the Alake, Egba Chiefs and people of Oke Odo, had been answered.
The Agura further urged Oba Saheed Agbaje to be an all inclusive Monarch.
Responding, the new Olu of Ilupeju Oke Odo, Oba Saheed Agbaje appreciated the Alake, Agura, Olofin, the Egba High Chiefs, and all the people of Ilupeju Oke Odo for their unanimous decision to make him king.
Oba Saheed Agbaje further pledged to uphold the great values and norms of the Ilupeju township, as well as drive greater development to the kingdom.
The Olu of Ilupeju Oke Odo also thanked all his well wishers and supporters, adding that they should keep supporting his leadership so as to secure the better future of the land.
In a statement delivered to Newsflagship correspondent, Chief Ayo Biobaku, also appreciated the Egba Paramount Ruler and the Agura of Gbagura, as well as the citizens of Ilupeju Oke Odo, and Egbaland in general for the unanimous appointment of Oba Saheed Agbaje as Ilupeju Monarch.
Chief Biobaku expressed great joy in the installation of Oba Agbaje, saying that he was a most qualified son of the soil, who had displayed leadership qualities and patriotism as an Ilupeju citizen.
He also expressed his assurance in the new Ilupeju Monarch, stating that he would undoubtedly drive greater peace and prosperity to the land.
Egba high Chiefs present at the occasion included Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Osi Olabode Mustapha, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Lisa Ayinla Olaogun, Akogun Bayo Shoyoye, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode, and others.