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When Yuguda paid homage to Alaafin

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Written by Ishola Michael


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Monday, 15 October, 2012 will remain indelible in the memories of the people of old Oyo Empire, particularly Oyo township because, apart from celebrating the 74th birthday of the Oyo monarch, the historic town played host to the Bauchi State governor, Malam (Dr.) Isa Yuguda, (Obasayero of Oyo Empire), who paid a royal visit to the empire for the first time, since the day he was honoured with the prestigious traditional title.

The entire palace went agog on siting Yuguda, who was ably represented by his wife, Hajiya Hauwa Abiodun Isa Yuguda (Yeye Obasayero of Oyo Empire). The palace singers sang choruses commending the Bauchi State governor, who they said had since identified with the aspirations of Oyo through his numerous good deeds to the people of the town.

While speaking on the virtues of the governor, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi described him as a detribalised Nigerian whose virtues are worthy of emulation by others in positions of authority, if the unity and oneness of the country are to be promoted for continuous peace and harmony.

 The Alafin of Oyo, Oba  Adeyemi III, declared that, “I have closely monitored the activities of Isa Yuguda since I first knew him and came to the conclusion that he is one man who must be respected and treated as an elder whose attributes should be emulated by others.”

 An elated Oba Lamidi Adeyemi added that, “His track record as the Governor of Bauchi State in the last five years, has further confirmed that he is a committed person who is always thinking of what to do for the good of his people. Various developmental records of his administration are there to speak for themselves. I am indeed proud to be associated with him and his administration.”

 The monarch also asserted that, “In the last 15 years, I have only conferred chieftaincy titles on three people, including Isa Yuguda who I gave the title of Obasayero of Oyo Empire after I was convinced that he has all the qualities required of a person to hold such a title. He is now one of the high chiefs of Oyo Empire. Many top government functionaries and other Nigerians have tried to get me into giving them one title or the other, but I am such an oba who will give title for a just cause. By the grace of God come January 14, 2013 he will be officially installed during the activities that will mark my 43rd anniversary on the throne of my forefathers.”

 He then explained that the title of Obasayero was given to Isa Yuguda based on his humanitarian nature, coupled with his detribalised nature, considering the way and manner he brought all manners of Nigerians into his cabinet.

“I am impressed with the composition of Nigerians in his cabinet, particularly the non-indigene  settler issue which he has abolished in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Oba Adeyemi stated.

He, however, appealed to other governors in the country to emulate the virtues of Governor Yuguda in eradicating communal clashes that have claimed lives and properties in the country. 

The monarch also used the occasion to stress the need for Nigerians to feel at home anywhere they found themselves in the country, as well as tolerate each other, irrespective of ethno-religious and or political differences, saying that “God, in His infinite mercies, created us to be Nigerians and nothing can change that and so we must tolerate each other and live together in harmony and unity.”

 Earlier on, the wife of the governor, Hauwa Abiodun Isa Yuguda, who represented her husband,  at the celebration, wished the traditional ruler long life and good health as he continues to pilot the affairs of the people of Oyo, declaring that from what she saw when she went round the ancient town, there have been tremendous developments since the monarch attained the throne of his forefathers over 40 years ago.

She, thanked Oba Adeyemi and the Oyo mesis for finding her husband worthy of the prestigious traditional title assuring that “Isa Yuguda will not let them down, neither will he betray the trust bestowed on him by the monarch, the good people of Oyo town and the entire Yoruba race,” she promised that the traditional ruler would continue to serve as a father to her husband in his quest to serve the people of Bauchi State well.

•Ishola Michael is the Chief Press Secretary to the Bauchi State governor

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