Governor of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi have urged the traditional rulers to engage in acts that will promote and protect the throne with a view to guaranteeing communal peace.
The duo spoke at the presentation of the Staff of office and Instrument of Appointment to the newly installed Alapomu of Apomu,Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi on Friday in Apomu, Isokan Local Government Area of the State.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Rasak Adeosun, the Governor urged Oba Afolabi to endeavour to deal with his subjects fairly and dispense justice with the fear of God.
According to the Governor, “As a father of all, you have a sacred duty to strive at all times to foster the cause of peace, harmony and progress among your people”.
“Our administration relies on support and cooperation of the traditional institutions in the area of maintaining communal peace, as you are the eyes and ears of the government in your domains.
“I urge you to continue to mobilise your subjects to partner with government in its quest to make life worthy of living for all citizens of the state”.
“Your people are yearning for peace, development and progress, I urge you to provide the right leadership and guidance that will deliver what the people desire”
“I want to assure all monarchs that our administration accords the traditional institutiond great respect and honour and shall do everything to enhance the welfare and the sanctity of the office”, the governor stressed.
Governor Oyetola then charged the indigenes of Apomu and Osun in general not to relent in keeping the peace and fulfilling their civic responsibilities by paying their taxes and dues promptly.
Oba Ogunwusi while speaking, congratulated the newly-installed monarch and urged him, as well as other traditional rulers in the state to provide the right leadership that would promote communal peace and development.
According to him, the traditional rulers have major roles to play in ensuring that the government succeeds in its efforts to develop the state, assuring that the monarchs would not relent in playing their roles.
Among those at the event were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom in Lagos State, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi; Olofa of Offa in Kwara State, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi among several other traditional rulers and prominent personalities.