We will agree to be Ogbomosos if…, Onpetu declares, gives condition on Akala’s successor

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The Onpetu of Ijeru Kingdom, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Lagbami Osekun III, has said that all Yoruba sub-ethnic groups that make up Ogbomoso are ready to agree to being Ogbomoso people if there is mutual respect.


This is just as Oba Oyediran who is the permanent chairman of traditional council in Ogbomoso South local government area gave the criterion for the emergence of the successor to late Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, who died on January 12, 2022.
It’s general knowledge that Ogbomoso zone is embroiled in crisis of confidence especially among the traditional rulers many who don’t see eye to eye over matters bordering on paramountcy, land, allegiance etc.
This has engendered divisions among the people as each sub-group seeks independence and individual identities.

Onpetu (left) with Aale

It is against this background that Onpetu spoke this afternoon at the 80th birthday celebration of Aale of Okelerin Oba Samuel Babatunde Oyebamiji Amao II.
The event which held at Okelerin palace had few dignitaries in attendance as it was celebrated in low key due to the demise of Chief Alao-Akala who was a close associate of the celebrant.
In his remark Onpetu who disclosed that he became close to Aale due to the affinity they both have for Jesus Christ and because of the wisdom and knowledge he revealed he continually taps from Aale posited that Ogbomoso is in dire need of unity if it will realize its potentials.
He submitted that he was ready as well as others to answer to the descriptive name Ogbomoso if there will be respect for individual’s status, position, boundaries etc.
The monarch noted that it was lack of respect for others’ histories that is the cause of dissension in the area.
Saluting Aale’s love for Ogbomoso, Oba Oyediran said, “We should come together in this town but I thank Okelerin people for their unity and cooperation with their monarch.
“We need to come together, our power lies in our individual’s strengths, in thinking together, in analysing issues together, in concluding together. That is how we can derive strength.
“We are all Ogbomosos we agreed but there should be mutual respect, we should eschew those things that divide us. We should eschew individualism, it cannot help us.
“We have our sons and daughters in high places whom we should look for to harness their strengths to facilitate development to our city. Let’s encourage them to come and develop their place of birth. We should allow common interests to rather than selfish interests propel us.”
Also speaking on the passage of Alao-Akala, the former banker said, “l commiserate with the family and all of us over the demise of His Excellency, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala. But l urge us to look for another leader who would have the love of the town at heart.
“We need someone who will say like Chief Akala that l am what l am because of Ogbomoso, l am in politics because of Ogbomoso, it’s Ogbomoso first, my party second and my pocket third. We don’t need charlatans as leaders.”

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