THE newly installed Obasayero of Oyo Empire and Bauchi State governor, Malam (Dr) Isa Yuguda, has described the title bestowed on him as the seventh Obasayero of Oyo Empire by His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III at his palace on Saturday, as one for the entire people of Bauchi State.
Yuguda, who arrived down at the historical palace of Alaafin around 11:50a.m and headed straight to the inner place of the monarch with his team, was installed as the seventh Obasayero of the Oyo Empire alongside his four wives, who were also installed as Yeyeloyin Obasayero, Hajiya Aisha, Yeyeniwura- Hajia Mariam, Hajiya Abiodun Hauwa, who represented all the four wives as Yeye Obasayero and Hajia Nafisat Yuguda as Yeyedunni Obasayero of Oyo Empire.
Yuguda said “I lack words to express my joy, appreciation and gratitude for the great honour done to me by bestowing on me the seventh most important traditional title of your Empire. This singular privilege and honour, your majesty, is not only for me but for the entire people of Bauchi State.
“Kabiyesi, your conferment of the title of Obasayero on me is a clear testimony to your unprejudiced disposition on the unity of our great country, Nigeria. To describe your majesty as a great bridge builder in this regard is an understatement. As a royal father, your action has lent credence to the generally held view that the traditional institution holds the hope for the continued existence of Nigeria as a united entity.”
In his speech, the Alaafin of Oyo who declared that the Obasayero title in Oyo Empire is number seven on the principal list of traditional chieftaincy titles in the Oyo Empire, added that it was a very significant title. He further added that Dr Yuguda was honoured on merit and in recognition of his service to humanity.
“Alhaji Isa Yuguda was today being admitted into the pantheon of Yoruba political mystery on personal merit and in recognition of what he represents as the Executive Governor of Bauchi State in Northern Nigeria. The conferment of traditional title on Mallam Yuguda is a reflection of a beautiful handshake across the Niger.
“Bauchi State occupies a special place in the historical linkages between Yorubaland and Hausa/Fulani, in the sense that a good number of Yoruba people have made it their home,” Alaafin said.
Dignitaries at the event included the governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo State, Dr Omololu Olunloyo; the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt Honourable Monsurat Sunmonu, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, Chief Lekan Alabi who represented Aare Arisekola Alao and other traditional rulers in the state.
Others were SSG Bauchi State, Barrister Ibrahim Damdija, Head of Service Mr Abdon Jim, Speaker House of Assembly Bauchi State, Hon Yahayo Miya and Emir of Bauchi Dr Rilwan Sulaiman and Seriki Shaha Allhaji Haruna Maiyasin.
Traditional dance plays and Yoruba magical display were among features that made the show a memorable one while King Sunny Ade supplied music.
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