Ondo State Government yesterday presented the Alapaka 1 of Kiribo Kingdom in Ese-Odo Local Government, Oba Ajayi Oduyi with the staff of office and instrument of appointment.
The presentation of staff of office to the new monarch followed the promise of the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN that his administration would present staff of office to Obas in their domains
It would be recalled that the stool became vacant on February 13,2013 due to the demise of Oba Fredrick Omosegbon of the ldumudoko ruling house
The process of filling the vacant stool began in July, 2017 when approval was granted by the state government to the area to commence the process of selecting and appointing a new monarch.
Presenting the new monarch with staff of office and instrument of appointment, the State Governor Akeredolu SAN, congratulated the new traditional ruler on his ascension to the throne of his ancestors
The Governor , who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, wished him wisdom and understanding, good health and many years of peaceful reign over his subjects.
He used the occasion to congratulate the sons and daughters of Kiribo on the occasion which marks the beginning of a new dawn in the town.
He commended all the stakeholders for their roles played in the selection of the new Alapaka.
The Governor who advised Oba Oduyi not to see the new position as one without challenges, but see it as a position of high responsibility in dealing with his subjects and the carrying out of his day -to – day activities.
He further appealed to him to employ the spirit of fairness and exercise restraint in the use of the power conferred on him.
He encouraged the people of Kiribo, both at home and in the diaspora to give their maximum support to the monarch to achieve success during his reign.
In an interview with journalists, the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, who is an indigene of Kiribo thanked the state governor for coming down to the town for the presentation of staff of office to the monarch.
Ajayi urged the people of Kiribo to cooperate with the new monarch for successful reign on the throne of his ancestors, enjoining them to maintain the peaceful co-existence enjoyed in the town
On her part, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Deaconess Lola Fagbemi, affirmed that the stool of Kiribo has been vacant for four years, adding that the new monarch passed through due process which had the approval of the state government.
Delivering his speech, the Caretaker Chairman of Ese-Odo Local Government Area, Mr. Bekewei Olowu, said the epoch making event attended by the indigenes of the land both home and in the diaspora showed that the choice of the Oba is the choice of the people of the land.
Olowu noted that the coronation ceremony portends a new chapter for peace and development of the ancient community.
The caretaker chairman who was proud of the peaceful disposition of the youths of the local government commended them for their approaches to issues.
He prayed that the ascension of the new traditional ruler to the throne will sustain and strengthen the existing peace in the community.
He commended the state government for creating the enabling environment for the peaceful ascension to the throne.
While congratulating the people of the community on the event, Olowu said the reign of the new Alapaka of Kiribo will witness peace and move Kiribo and Ese-Odo local government to greater height
In his acceptance speech, Oba Oduyi appreciated Governor Akeredolu for his wealth of experience in ensuring that justice is done for an easy completion of his installation.
He also commended the Deputy Governor and the state government functionaries for their contributions towards the successful installation.