ABEOKUTA – The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has lamented the low patronage of locally made products in Egbaland by the sons and daughters of the town.
According to Oba Gbadebo, his greatest challenge was his inability to convince his subjects to patronise the locally made attire (Adire) of the Egbaland as well as the local ofada rice.
Oba Gbadebo said the refusal of Egba indigenes to patronize the Adire/Kampala textile and Ofada rice produce in Abeokuta was his greatest challenge in the last 13years on the throne.
The Royal father disclosed this on Monday during a press conference heralding his 75th birthday held at Ake palace, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Oba Gbadebo said the era where farmers in the state are night watchmen can no longer be acceptable, enjoining his subjects to always promote the home made goods.
He therefore called on the people to ensure the promotion of the culture as well as locally made products, saying it would enhance the progress and development of the society.
The monarch however, urged politicians to think more about the interest of the citizens rather than their selfish interest.
He emphasized that, if politicians think more about the people, the country would progress.
The Egba Monarch appealed to them to also tolerate one another for the best interest of the country.
His words: ” Politicians should think about the people not things that will benefit them and their. We should tolerate ourselves, it should be jaw, jaw and not war, war.”
He revealed that his greatest achievement is the unity and peace among his people and Egbaland, saying the unity among the Egbas is their strength.
He said “Thanks to Egba sons and daughters both home and overseas for their contribution to the development of Egbaland.
“The greatest problem and challenge on the throne is the refusal by Egba sons and daughters to patronize our local products especially the Adire and Ofada rice. The era of our farmers being night watchmen can no longer be acceptable”.
On unity of the Yoruba race, the Alake said “There should be healthy rivalry and this is what will take us there, it will also to where we want to be.
“We need to be unselfish in our doings, you can’t be more than others. It should be others first not self first. If it is others first and self later, by doing that we will do well not only in Egba or in other states but national too”.
While commending Governor Ibikunle Amosun for developing the state capital and other areas, expressing optimism that the Governor’s successor would do better.