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My govt. would accord respect to traditional institution- Makinde

Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that his government would continue to accord the traditional institution in the state its due respect.

The governor stated this during a courtesy visit to the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji to congratulate him on his 92nd birthday.

Governor Makinde, who was on a PDP national assignment to Ondo state during the birthday celebration, gave his backing to the decision by the monarch to appoint Alhaji Yekini Abbas as the Babaloja of Oyo state.

While confirming the appointment of the Babaloja of Oyo State, Governor Makinde said they should follow the needed due process saying decision by the Olubadan could not be upturned.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicates that the governor also urged residents of the state to uphold unity and oneness.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our people to uphold unity. I remember I said during my electioneering campaign that my government would prioritize tackling hunger and poverty. Hunger and poverty don’t know christians and muslims. So, let us tell those who want to divide us with religion that they should steer clear and do the right thing,” he said.

The governor maintained there were no issues between him and the Olubadan contrary to insinuations that a rift existed between him and the Olubadan.

“Those who are fond of peddling negative news about the Oyo State government and what we are doing in the state are saying there is a rancour between Kabiyesi and I,let me say this again that I was brought up responsibly and I will never disrespect elders, whoever becomes Glenroy should know that the position expires in four years, and if he wishes to seek reelection, he must come back to tell the people. 

“Some even said I have not come to greet Baba since I became governor, I think the next time they say so, people should be able to tell them to face their business and leave Baba and me alone,” he said.

Iyabo Adebisi

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