The governor and his wife were honoured with chieftaincy titles on Saturday.
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said on Saturday that he and his wife, Florence, accepted the chieftaincy titles of Aare Atunluto and Yeye Aare Atunluto of Ibadanland bestowed on them because of the high respect they have for the stool and the current occupant.
The couple were honoured with the respective titles by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Samuel Odugade, at his palace on Saturday.
“Before the Olubadan-in-Council approached us to receive the titles, many obas had reached out to us requesting to honour us with chieftaincy titles. We did not take them. But when our father, Olubadan opted to honour us, we accepted because he is an oba of no mean stature. He is a respectable oba, different from many obas. He is an oba, whose character and human relations are spectacular. That was why we accepted to receive the traditional title from him,” Mr. Ajimobi said after receiving the title.
The programme which shook the entire city had in attendance people from across the nation.
The governor, who thanked all for coming to witness the event, reportedly proposed by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, an umbrella body for Ibadan sons and daughters, remarked that the body does not support people frivolously unless they see the qualities worthy of associating with them.
“But we thank God we have your support”, he said, pledging not to let the people of Oyo down.
The Otun Olubadan, Omowale Kuye, who spoke on behalf of the 99-year old Olubadan, said, “It is long we saw development in Ibadan last. It was last witnessed during Awolowo’s time but Ajimobi has done it. The Olubadan enjoins you to continue to do well so that any governor that comes after you can be told to follow your foot step.”
Also speaking, the National Chairman of CCII noted that when the body approached Mr. Ajimobi for the title, he initially declined but later accepted it after being told of its essence, adding the Olubadan was in support of the initiative.
“Aare Atunluse title is a special title given to the governor. After him, anyone who performs the feat he has performed will be installed as Atunluse, while the governor remains the Aare. We have got a flyover but we need more. Ibadan is now clean, but we need further developments in it,” Mr. Kuye charged Mr. Ajimobi.