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Aiyedatiwa pays homage to Pa Fasoranti

By Adedotun Ajayi

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Renowned leader of Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti played host to Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who paid a visit to him and other leaders during a courtesy call where he lauded their contributions to the development of the State and Nigeria.

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s visit was not just a ceremonial call; it was a deeply personal homage to the interconnectedness of time, leadership, and the invaluable guidance of the sage.

Amidst the reception and greetings, Governor Aiyedatiwa’s eyes conveyed a mix of reverence and resolve. The atmosphere was thick with significance as he respectfully conveyed the news of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s passing.

“I regretfully inform you of the passing of our late Governor. It has been  eight days since his passing. In such circumstances, it’s crucial to avoid a vacuum in leadership, I have to step in. Consequently, I have assumed the position of the new Governor,” the Governor solemnly informed.

Governor Aiyedatiwa accompanied by top government officials and aides, said “This visit was partly to pay homage to the elders and leaders to thank them for the fatherly role they played in restoring peace during the political crisis in the State”

He said: “I extend my heartfelt greetings to Chief Reuben Fasoranti and the distinguished elders present. Your wisdom and guidance have been invaluable to our State’s stability. In the past, during challenging times, your intervention, particularly the letter you wrote to President Bola Tinubu advocating constitutional adherence, restored peace to our state. Your counsel has been instrumental.”

The air was filled with a poignant blend of reminiscence and determination as the Governor spoke of continuity, of a commitment to carry forth the late Governor’s aspirations. It wasn’t just a promise; it was a pledge to honor the visions that had driven the state toward progress and prosperity.

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Yet, beyond the formalities, the gathering blossomed into a conversation weaving through the tapestry of cultural preservation and practical necessities.

Oba Samuel Oluyemi Falae, the Oluabo of Ilu Abo, highlighted the urgency of preserving the Yoruba language from the brink of extinction, urging the Governor to join his colleagues in the southwest to implement policies that will protect and preserve the Yoruba language.

He commended Ondo State’s history of leadership in positive initiatives, including the establishment of the Amotekun security outfit aimed at securing lives and property within the region. He also urged the Governor to consider some new road projects in the State, especially in rural areas.

Chief Olu Falae’s impassioned plea for the safeguarding of the Yoruba language became a shared concern, highlighting the intricate link between cultural heritage and the soul of the region.

Infrastructural needs voiced by elders like Chief Olu Falae painted a vivid picture of the tangible challenges faced by the state. It wasn’t just about roads and structures; it was about the very fabric of progress and development within the region.

Also, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa extended condolences to Governor Aiyedatiwa during the visit. He emphasized the need for immense goodwill for success and pledged their support, highlighting the elders’ commitment to the welfare of the people of the State.

Recounting the historical precedence set during the days of Ajasin’s administration, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa urged Governor Aiyedatiwa to leave a lasting mark on the State, adding: “You are in charge now, take charge. Never forget those who stood by you during challenging times.”

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The visit wasn’t just about protocols and official statements; it was a communion of hearts and minds, an exchange of aspirations and wisdom. The elders’ words were laden with history, each sentiment a testament to a lifetime of experiences and a desire for a better tomorrow.

As the visit drew to a close, the atmosphere softened, marked by a profound exchange of blessings and prayers. Chief Reuben Fasoranti’s words carried the weight of an elder statesman’s guidance, offering not just prayers for success but a torch of wisdom to light the path ahead.

“May divine guidance and wisdom accompany you in this significant phase of leadership. I pray for success and prosperity in your administration,” Chief Fasoranti prayed.

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in receiving these blessings, felt the weight of responsibility, tempered with the wisdom and support of those who had long shaped the state’s narrative. The visit wasn’t just a formal announcement; it was a rite of passage, a ceremonial acknowledgment of the past’s teachings, and a hopeful embrace of the future’s possibilities.

In this intimate exchange, a bridge spanning generations was reinforced, a connection fortified by respect, guidance, and a shared commitment to the welfare and progress of Ondo State. Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa departed from Chief Fasoranti’s residence not just as a leader but as a custodian of the collective aspirations and wisdom bestowed upon him by the revered elders.

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