The strategic role played by Sierra Leone Returnees in the survival of the Egba Nation would never be forgotten by the Egba people.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, disclosed this in Abeokuta while receiving the former Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr Joseph Nya Boakai, at the Ake Palace on Sunday (23 June, 2019).
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that the liberated slaves who had benefited from British education and returned Abeokuta, took active part in Anglo-Egba Treaty of Friendship, which distinguished the Egba Nation as the most understanding and friendly with the British Government, Business, Stoppages of Human Sacrifice, Slavery and Slave Trade and Allowing Christian Faith to grow.
The Alake further disclosed that the Sierra Leonean Returnees’ advice and support, enabled the Egba Nation to be ahead of its hostile neighbours of that time in terms of overall development and security.
According to the Egba Paramount Monarch, Egbaland had a head start in education, professionalism in law, medicine, engineering administration and other areas of human endeavours.
The Egba Paramount Monarch revealed that, unlike their neighbours, the Ibadan, Ijebu, Remo, Awori, Dahomey, Yewa and others, the Egba Nation never fought a war again the British interests in Nigeria..
Speaking also on this year’s Annual Pan African Conference, being sponsored by Chrisland University, Oba Gbadebo commended the Vice Chancellor Mrs Peace Chinedu, for her academic and African consciousness.
The Alake opined that Chrisland University was one the few Nigerian Universities, which lead in in finding solutions to African Problems, adding that experienced African leaders like Dr. Joseph Nyma Boakai, would continue to proffer solutions to African problems.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Joseph Boakai, said he was aware of the unique and enduring relationship between the two countries..
Dr. Boakai, who is the Guest Speaker at the Conference, noted that all solutions to African Problems, remained in African adding that only Africans could solve them fast and permanently.
Dr Boakai said the Conference would go all out to discuss the Principle and Practice of Democracy in Africa.
The former Sierra Leonean Vice President, the Sponsor of the Joseph Nyuma Boakai Foundation presented books and logos of the Foundation to the Alake.
In her introductory speech, the Vice Chancellor of the Chrisland University Mrs Peace Chinedu, told the Alake that the Pan African Conference was the regular way the institution, would be contributing to the Political, Economic and Social Growth and Development of Nigeria.
The entourage of the Sierra Leonean former Vice President, included, Executive Director, Sylvester Crigsby, Media Consultant Charles Snetter, Policy Advisor Jacob Kabakole and Director of Programs Dr Mono Rogers.
Egba Traditional Obas and Chiefs present, included Aro Egba- High Chief Kufiile, Aare Egba Ganiyu Babayeju Olu OkeOdo Ilupeju Oba Muftau Akindele, Olu Obada Oko Femi Solaja, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa, Asiwaju Bobaguwa Bada Asiwaju and Baaroyin Layi Labode.