Governor Abiola Ajimobi has congratulated the Olubadan of Ibadanland as he clocks 89, saying that “it was by divine arrangement and not sheer coincidence that Olubadan’s birthday was coming at a period Ibadanland was witnessing a major transformation and boost in royalty, which, he said, was poised to enhance the status of the ancient city.”
This is just as he prayed for renewed strength and continued peaceful reign for the monarch.
A statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the governor, Mr. Yomi Layinka, quoted the governor as having congratulated the monarch and the entire people of Ibadanland on the momentous occasion.
As the monarch inches very close to assuming the nonagenarian status,the governor prayed that the Almighty should continue to strengthen him and imbue him with greater wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of the people of Ibadanland.
Ajimobi said, “Kabiyesi, on behalf of the good people of Oyo State I rejoice with you on the occasion of your birthday, which provide another opportunity for me to thank the Almighty for preserving your
life and for renewing your vigour.
“I pray for a renewed strength for you and may God continue to preserve your life to witness more years and peaceful reign in Ibadanland. During your time, may Ibadan continue to witness rapid progress and development.
“As we savour this occasion, I call on the entire citizens of Ibadanland, members of the Olubadan-in-Council and friends of our dear state at home and in the Diaspora to join me in clinking of glasses to celebrate our dear father’s 89th birthday.”
The governor prayed that the Olubadan lived long enough to join the league of centenarians, just like his immediate predecessor, late Oba Samuel Odulana, so that the people of the state would continue to draw from his fountain of knowledge