By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi on Thursday declared that Oyo State people will always remember Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the purveyor of unprecedented achievements that have far-reaching effects on the lives of the people of the state
Oba Adeyemi stated this while receiving the governor who paid him a visit in his palace during his visit to Oyo town to inaugurate the dual carriage way constructed by his administration now named after the Alaafin.
The royal father while describing Governor Ajimobi as unique and visionary for immortalising statesmen and heroes of the state by naming monuments after them while they were alive, said the governor had by his gesture spurred the beneficiaries on to work even harder towards the greatness of the state.
“We shall always remember you for good because of these achievements, which have far-reaching effects on the lives of our people. You have done so much to be remembered for, my governor. I read in the newspapers recently that you have named major projects after important people that have impacted on our dear state. This is highly commendable. It is unique and visionary.” he said.
Oba Adeyemi added, “we should not wait for people to die before honoring them, after they might have contributed immensely to the progress of the society while alive. The name of the Olubadan now adorns the Eleyele-Dugbe-ANCE road as Oba Saliu Adetunji Road.”
“When you look at the age of Olubadan (90), you will appreciate this gesture better. He did not have to die before being honored. I’m sure he will not forget the governor for honoring him in his lifetime. I was overwhelmed when you (governor) contacted me to inquire about who had traversed the legal profession from the Oyo empire and I mentioned Justice Adejumo Kester, you responded that you trusted my judgment.
“We appreciate the governor for this honour. It is not common for people to be honored this way. This is a wakeup call to the people that we should do our utmost best for our societies always and for leaders to immortalize such people. I pray that we will have people like you in position of authority that will continue this trend.”
Speaking further, the Alaafin commended the governor for his uncommon leadership acumen, which inspired the unprecedented achievements and growth of the state in all facets of human endeavors, including the enthronement of peace and security, saying, it was noteworthy that Governor Ajimobi had spent eight historic years that were devoid of brigandage, which aided the steady socio-economic development and growth of the state.
Governor Ajimobi while speaking appreciated Oba Adeyemi for his fatherly role and support spanning his two tenures, which according to him had proved bookmakers wrong, adding that on assumption of office in 2011, pundits predicted that his then robust relationship with the Alaafin would not last long because of the monarchs known criticism of mediocrity and weak leadership.
“People predicted that my relationship with Baba Alaafin would not last on my assumption of office in 2011. I’m proud to tell them now that we are flexing daily in our relationship and this is the eighth year of my administration. No governor since the days of the Western Region had ruled the region or Oyo State for eight years, not even during the military misadventures. I want to sincerely thank Baba for his supportive roles and prayers, which contributed to our success story”, he said.
Governor Ajimobi added, “I also thank the good people of Oyo State, including the people of Oyo for their love and support for me. I won elections in 2003 (Senate), 2011 and 2015 (governorship). So if I fail to win in 2019 (Senate), I still scored A1 or what you can call First Class.”