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Aregbesola celebrates Alaafin at 80… and 48 years on the throne
The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has felicitated with the paramount ruler of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, as he celebrates eight decades on earth.
Alaafin has also spent 48 years on the throne of his forebears in the ancient city of Oyo.
Aregbesola, in a statement made available by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, said he rejoiced with the first class ruler, who he said has been blessed by God with longevity of life.
The Governor described Alaafin as a worthy custodian of Yoruba culture and heritage and a good ambassador of the Yoruba race.
According to the Governor, Oba Adeyemi has always stood for justice and good governance, saying the monarch supported his (Aregbesola’s) administration all through the eight years.
The statement said in part: “I rejoice with you as it has pleased the almighty God to give you long life and good health to spend on earth and on the revered throne.
” You have been a worthy custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition and have positively projected this all over the world. As your fame has soared globally, so also has the Yoruba nation, its culture, tradition and continuities in the diaspora soared.
“You have been an intrepid warrior, defending Yoruba interests, values and people from national and international assault. You have stood against injustice and have promoted good governance, justice, equity and other values that make an Omoluabi, the quintessential Yoruba person.
“Without being partisan, you have been an ardent supporter and promoter of the progressive cause. You have spoken truth to power, without being bothered about the consequences.
“Kabiyesi, you have supported our administration with godly and wise counsel and have courageously stood with us when it was dangerous to do so.
For these and many more, you deserve our full commendation and best wishes on your birthday and coronation anniversary.
“On behalf of my family, the government and good people of Osun, here is wishing you a very happy birthday and coronation anniversary. May you reign long on the throne of your fathers and may your tribe never diminish in the land. Happy birthday Kabiyesi, Igba Odun, Odun kan ni o.”