Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, have jointly called on the Agura of Gbagura, Oba AbdulSabur Babajide Bakre, Jamolu II, to sustain his strives for sustainable unity and love among Egba Monarchs and people.
Both the former Nigerian President and the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland made the call while speaking at the interdenominational service to mark the first anniversary of Oba Sabur Babajide Bakre, the Agura of Gbagura, at Iddo, Gbagura, Abeokuta on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
In his own speech, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said that he was very much aware of the efforts of the Agura in promoting peace and understanding among Egba sectional Monarchs, Community leaders, and the generality of people, adding that his efforts have been yielding positive results.
Chief Obasanjo commended the Alake for his wonderful relationship and all inclusive leadership in Egbaland, adding that his exertions has enabled greater achievements in the area.
He further charged all Chiefs and indigenes of the different sections of Egbaland to support their Monarchs and ensure that the development of Egbaland as a whole is fast tracked.
In his own address, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, noted with total satisfaction that the past one year of the reign of Oba Babajide Bakre, the Agura of Gbagura, had been characterised by direct engagement of Egba Monarchs, leaders, and indeed all stakeholders in Egbaland for its cohesion and unity of purpose.
The Alake disclosed that he had an excellent relationship with the Agura based on mutual respect and understanding for the enduring peace, progress, and prosperity of Egbaland.
The Egba Monarch further said that the Agura was in a unique position to affect and promote Concord and Cohesion in Egbaland as a whole.
Alake expressed that the entire Egba Traditional Council was satisfied with the all inclusive leadership of the Agura Monarch and congratulated him for a successful anniversary.
Oba Gbadebo also called for unity and love among all stakeholders of the Egba nation.
He further prayed that Oba Babajide Bakre would experience many developments in Agura and Egbaland generally throughout his lasting tenure.
Ven. Olubayo Adeniyi JP, while delivering his sermon, said that the Agura of Gbagura should ensure that he was on the same page with his Chiefs and sustain togetherness and love with his people.
He also said that the Agura should continue to appreciate God for his successful anniversary and pray for more years on throne, accompanied with greater developments in the land.
The Imam of Ojoo also admonished the Agura Monarch to his name, AbdulSabir, which means perseverance and patience, and is the way of the Holy Prophet.
The Ojoo Cleric also called for establishment of encouragement programs such as scholarships among youths in the area in order to enhance hardwork and prosperity in the area.
In the same vein, the Chief Imam of Gbagura, Prof Kamal Balogun, advised Oba Sabur Babajide Bakre to be accommodating and tolerant with his people.
Prof Kamal Balogun also called for the support of all stakeholders in the development and uplifting of the Islamic religion, which has been a foremost practice in Agura.
Prof Kamal Balogun further prayed that the Agura Monarch would witness many years on the throne of his fathers and accomplish numerous developments.
The Agura of Gbagura, Oba AbdulSabur Babajide Bakre, Jamolu II, expressed his overwhelming gratitude towards all the Monarchs, high dignitaries, and well wishers that has rejoiced with him for his first anniversary and pledged that the unity and love among the Egbas would continue to wax stronger.
The Agura Monarch further enjoined all dignitaries present to the commissioning of a borehole project along Totoro axis, which serves as one of the many public amenities provided to the people of the area.
Among the Egba Monarchs and dignitaries present at the occasion is Oniro of Iro, Oba Nojeemdeen Alani; Onijale Papa, Oba Nofiu Otunba; Olu Tafin, Oba Adebayo, High Chief Demola Bakre, the Royal Father, and the Olori Omobolanle Alake Bakre.
Egba High Chiefs present at the occasion included the Balogun, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, the Akogun Elect, High Chief Adebayo Soyooye, the President of Abeokuta Club and Asiwaju Onimoero of Egbaland, Chief (Engr) Tokunbo Odebunmi, and the Aare Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode.
Members of the Egba foremost group known as Lisabi Elite Club were also present at the occasion, they included the Bada AsojuOba of Egbaland, Chief Wole Odekunle; the Aare Bobagunwa of Egbaland, Chief Victor Adebayo and past President of the Club; Ven Adebowale Oluwole, a past President of the Club; Mr Kunle Oyesiku, Treasurer; Mr Charles Olanipekun, the Financial Secretary; and Dr. Adekunle Musa Olokuta, the Project Chairman of the Club.
The Gbagura Chiefs present at the occasion included the Balogun of Ojoo, Chief Adio Baiyewu; the Balogun of Ijaye Obinrinti, Chief Yusuf Eweje; the Balogun of Iraa, Chief Nurudeen Olaluoye; the Oluwo of Ikereku-Idan, Chief Oyegbami; the Balogun of Ikereku-Idan, Chief Segun Fatumbi; Chief Koleade Ayodele; Chief Fatai Ajala, the Osi Bobatolu; Chief Sobano Bello, Otun of Ibadan; Chief Rasaq Adebola, and others.
Some Egba Women High Chiefs also present at the occasion included the Royal Mother and GbegbaAje of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre, the Iyalode of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, the Seriki Iyalate of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Veronica Atobatele; the Seriki Iyaloja of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Modupe Labode, and others.