AbdulRazaq lauded on equity, justice, fairness to Kwarans

*As monarch appoints first-ever Asiwaju for Oro Kingdom

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been lauded for making equity, justice and fairness in the distribution of social amenities to all sections of the state the hallmarks of his administration.

Oro Descendants’ Union (ODU) gave the commendation over the weekend at Okerimi Oro in Irepodun local government area of the state at the installation of Rear Admiral Surgeon Azeez Bayo Afolayan (Rtd) as the first-ever Asiwaju of Oro Kingdom by His Royal Majesty, the Oloro of Oro Kingdom, Oba AbdulRafiu Olaniyi Ajiboye Oyelaran the First.

The union, in the address read by its National Publicity Secretary, Kayode Adeyipo JP, particularly acknowledged AbdulRazaq’s unprecedented attention being paid to their Kingdom, particularly in the areas of health, education and other social infrastructure.

“We make bold to say that in the history of Kwara state, no Governor has been so committed and devoted to equity, justice and fair play as necessary ingredients of good governance as AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. We, therefore, congratulate His Excellency for a well deserved second term to consolidate on the gains of the last four years. Your Excellency, be assured of our continued unalloyed support as you pilot the affairs of Kwara state in the next four years,” the union added.

The union congratulated the Royal Majesty of Oro Kingdom on the historic occasion and for making the right choice on the appointment of the first-ever Asiwaju for the Kingdom, describing the honourary as a round peg in a round hole.

“We are also bold to say that all the parameters required for the post of Asiwaju are manifestly present in choice. It is therefore not surprising that the new Asiwaju has been chosen without any rancour or acrimony, because he possesses all the characteristics of an Asiwaju or Leader, the union stated.

While congratulating the new Asiwaju on the well deserved appointment, the union reminded him that the job of an Asiwaju is not an easy one, adding that “we have no scintillating of doubt that given the new Asiwaju’s track record, he will succeed in this onerous task of leading us to the Promised Land.”

“Oro Kingdom is in dire needs of infrastructural development in terms of public power supply, clean water, motorable roads, as well as medium and small scale enterprises, to stem the rising tide of youth unemployment,” the union stated.

In his remarks, the Oloro of Oro Kingdom, Oba Oyelaran the First, said: “Rear Admiral Surgeon Afolayan has been bestowed with this rare honour as the first-ever Asiwaju of Oro Kingdom as a result of his immense and unique contributions to the development of Oro Kingdom, which comprises 11 towns and villages, in all ramifications.

“Over the years, Retired Rear Admiral Surgeon Afolayan has proved to be a worthy son of Oro Kingdom, whose main concern is the development of the entire generic towns making up the Kingdom.”

The monarch prayed the Almighty God to guide and guard him as he discharges the onerous responsibility given to him by the people of Oro Kingdom, urging him to use his wealth of experience and connections to bring development to Oro Kingdom.

Responding, the first-ever Asiwaju of Oro Kingdom, Rear Admiral Surgeon Afolayan, thanked the Royal Father and the people of Oro Kingdom for the honour bestowed on him, particularly for counting him worthy for the high chieftaincy title, promising to justify the confidence reposed in him.

In his goodwill message, Kwara state Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, represented by Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, showered spiritual blessings on the new Asiwaju, charging him to be ready for the responsibilities that come with the chieftaincy title by working alongside other chiefs and sons and daughters of the Kingdom at home and in the Diaspora to bring development to the Kingdom.



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