The Onitafin of Itafin, Oba Abdul Moruf Adebayo, has assured the Hausa Community within his jurisdiction that, they were being seen as part of the Egbas, because they obey government’s directives, respect the Egba friendship and tradition as well as maintain unity and peace with other people around them.
Oba Adebayo made the remarks while donating Covid19 palliatives to members of the Hausa Community at his Kugba residence on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
The Onitafin enlightened the Hausa residents who have been in Ogun State for business reasons and to seek greener pastures, that the Coronavirus is very real and highly contagious, adding that they should ensure that they strictly adhere to the Federal and State Government’s safety guidelines in order to prevent the deadly virus.
The Itafin Monarch urged the Northerners to wash their hands regularly with soap and running water or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer, maintain regular use of face masks in their workplaces and outings, and also to keep social and physical distancing at all times.
Oba Adebayo disclosed that the Egbas as the name implies are widely known for receiving people from various nations of the world without discrimination and would continue to uphold that traditional legacy.
He further charged the Hausa Community to sustain unity and love among themselves and the people living around them.
The Monarch donated about 250 face masks and some food items to the Hausa Community, who were mostly Beans sellers and Okada riders, and pledged that he would continue to support them.
He further pledged that he would also extend his donations to other important residents and areas of the community.
Speaking also, Chief Awakan Mukaila, the Lukosi of Irowo Ibarapa Egba, commended the Kabiyesi for hearkening to the Federal and State Government’s health directives and passing it on to his immediate community and people around him.
The Lukosi also noted that the notion that Nigerians are one should not just be a mere saying but should rather be put into practice by every right thinking Nigerian.
Chief Mukaila further urged the Hausas to be peacemakers and maintain love and unity in the marketplace, on highways, and all other areas of the society.
Responding, the leader of the Hausa Community, Mr Sa’ad Suleiman, expressed his overwhelming appreciation to the Kabiyesi for the love and support he has shown to them.
Mr Suleiman pleaded that the Onitafin should allow him alongside some of his comrades to engage in periodic Islamic prayers with the Monarch because prayer is one of the most vital practices known to them.
He also persuaded the Kabiyesi to always call them to order anytime they are acting contrary to the government’s directives, adding that the Hausa Community would always be law abiding and united with the Egbas and all Nigerians at large.
Some notable Chiefs present at the occasion included Chief Awakan Mukaila, the Lukosi of Irowo Ibarapa Egba; Alhaji (Chief) Ashimiu A. Adebowale, Baale Aregba and Chief Hakeem A. Soboyega, Akinrogun Irawo Egba.