It was a celebration moment for the people of Fiditi town in Oyo State as they welcome a new king to fill the vacant stool after 13 years. The historic event started with the presentation of staff of office to the newly installed Oba Oyelere Oyewole Sakirudeen as the Onifiditi of Fiditi by the Oyo State Government, amidst jubilation by his people at the Afijio Local Government Secretariat, Jobele , Oyo State.
Speaking during the event, the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has described the process leading to the installation as legal and historic because customs, traditions were taken to consideration
The governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Bashiru Olanrewaju, appreciated the importance of the critical role of a good ruler in the attainment of peace and prosperity, adding that “it is our determination to amicably resolve all disputes capable of inhibiting the state’s march from poverty to prosperity.”
Makinde urged the king to see his installation as a call to service, adding that “as the Oba of Fiditi town, you should appropriately consult with other traditional rulers in Afijio to take an objective decision in approving appointments into the minor chieftaincies by those customarily and legally entitled to make such appointments. In a similar vein, your highness should try to understand the customary and statutory laws guiding your roles and be painstaking in embarking on activities that would complement the efforts of the present administration towards the development of Fiditi, Afijio Local Government, and Oyo State in general.”
In his acceptance speech, Oba Sakirudeen appreciated Governor Makinde for giving the people of Fiditi exactly what they want and have been looking for over a decade, adding that this is a new era in Fiditi as all other things will follow.
“I appreciate the governor, every Fiditi descendant both home and in the diaspora for standing by me, and I urge them all to please come home and develop our town. What is next for Fiditi is development; this is our first approach and because of the love that Fiditi descendants both at home and in the diaspora have been showing me since we started the struggle, I know that they are going to support me in developing Fiditi,” the new king stated.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Afijio Local Government Area, Sunday Akindele Ojo, stated that “I am one of the happiest people concerning today’s programme, I use this opportunity to thank our amiable governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for this big job he has done for us. We thank him and pray that God will continue to strengthen him. T
he stool that has been vacant for 13 years has now been filled. I urge our new Oba to accommodate everybody because it should be a case of everybody is a winner and there is no loser, he should try to accommodate everybody for the development of Afijio and Fiditi.”