the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, as a symbol of unity who fosters a sense of belonging, peace, progress, and development among the people of Egbaland, according to President Bola Tinubu, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
At Oba Gbadebo’s 80th birthday celebration in Abeokuta, Tinubu stated that the monarch has been a shining example of the kind of leadership that “we crave for in the country.”
The President, who was represented by Governor Abiodun, stated that the celebration of the 80th anniversary was not just to mark the passing of time but also to honour a first-class monarch whose reign had been distinguished by great wisdom and an unwavering commitment to pursuing the socioeconomic development and prosperity of the people of Egbaland and Nigeria in general.
“Your reign has been so fruitful; it has demonstrated you as a monarch who is compassionate and committed to justice, equity, and fairness,” added Tinubu. Your devotion to the people of Egbaland and to the nation at large is legendary. You have demonstrated strong ties to the Egba land’s cultural heritage.
“You have promoted a sense of belonging, peace, growth, and development among your people by serving as a symbol of oneness. We wish that you may continue to celebrate many more years in good health and serve as an inspiration to all of us to continue doing our duty to the country since you have undoubtedly been a shining example of the leadership that we long for in our nation.
Speaking in his official role, Governor Abiodun praised the royal father as a leader who “exemplifies leadership” and credited him with helping his administration achieve some modest goals over the past four years.
He praised the monarch in particular for having the audacity to publicly support his bid for reelection, noting that the traditional leader has proven to be a devoted and loyal ally when it comes to advancing the state’s development.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Ogun State governors Chief Olusegun Osoba and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, as well as Ogun State Deputy Governor,
Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Mr. Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Senator Adeola Olamilekan of Ogun West, Alhaji Sarafa Ishola, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Mr. Tunde Lemo, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, were also present.