Gov presents Staff of Office to Onirun

From Jimoh Ahmed,Ikare Akoko.

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on wednesday presented instrument and staff of office to the new Onirun of Irun-Akoko, Oba. Samuel Bayode Agboola, Akulojuorun II.

This is coming 11 years after the demise of the late Oba Williams Adewusi who transited on November 11, 2011.

Speaking at the ocassion, Governor Akeredolu said despite the efforts of successive administrations in the state to see that a new Onirun was installed after the demise of Oba Adewusi, it was dishartening that the community experienced interregnum period due to disconcodant tunes and litigations over the stool.

Represented by his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Akeredolu noted that the period of interregnum slowed down the rate and growth of the community.
He appealed to indigenes of the town and all stakeholders on the stool to forget their individual differences and work together to fast track speedy development of the town.
The governor however dismissed the claim in some quarters that the state government delayed the selection process of installing new monarchs in some communities in the state.

According to him, “it is rather the communities that are responsible for this since parties in the Chieftaincy matters always find it pleasant to put their personal interests above community issues as they engage in unending litigations which often lead to communal crisis”.

Akeredolu reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring all communities in the state enjoyed undiluted peace while enjoining the people of Irun not to do anything that can jeopardize the existing peace in the community.
He urged the new Onirun to see his appointment as an opportunity to serve the people and should therefore tread the path of patriotism, diligence, determination and work for the well being of the people and the development of Irun at large.

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Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Segun Odusanya, charged the residents to see the coronation of the King as a new dawn in the town.

Odusanya who expressed optimism that the new Onirun would take the community to an enviable height, advised residents to be law abiding and be model of chastity.
On his part, the Local Government Chairman of Akoko North West Local Government, Elder. Ayo Akande, maintained that the selection process that produced the 39th Onirun of Irun was devoid of acrimony, uncultured practices and animosity.

In his response, Oba. Agboola who thanked Governor Akeredolu for the selection and coronation posited that God indeed used him to bring the Obaship tussle, which dragged on for long to a peaceful end.

The monarch however appealed to the governor to strengthen the Amotekun Corps, which he said have been doing wonderfully well, to further beef up security in Irun and other parts of the state.

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