BY ABUSATAR HAMED
ILARO-YEWA – The Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba (Dr) Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle MFR, has expressed his gratitude to Yewa Muslim Community for their unflinching support through ceaseless prayers that characterized the success of his 10 years on the throne.
Oba Olugbenle stated this at Ilaro Central Mosque, Ona-Nla, Ilaro-Yewa on Friday, April 15, 2022 during a Special Jumaat Prayer organized by the Yewa Muslim Community to commemorate the 10th coronation anniversary the monarch ascended the stool of his forefathers, saying, “I love Yewa Muslim Community for their understanding, constant prayers for me and the land and peacefully practicing the religion as stated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”
The first-class traditional ruler said he is indeed grateful for the constant prayers of the Yewa Muslim faithful which enhanced his peaceful reign in the past 10 years.
He specially thanked Alhaji (Sheik) Sikirulai Babalola, the President of the Ogun State League of Imams and Alfas who inspite of his old age attended the event, saying he is indeed grateful to the Muslim scholar.
Oba Olugbenle also extended his appreciations to Imam Tajudeen Mustapha-Adewunmi, the Imam of Ilaro Central Mosque whom he described as Paramount Imam, adding that the Muslim cleric and other Imams and Alfas in Yewaland had played a major role towards the success of his peaceful reign in the past 10 years.
The monarch who said he can’t thanked the Yewa Muslim Community enough for their enduring support urged them not to relent in their prayers for continued peaceful and prosperous coexistence amongst other religious sects in Yewaland.
In his welcome address, Imam Tajudeen Mustapha-Adewuunmi described Oba Olugbenle as a special breed among the people who are living above religious and political bigotry, a group that sentiment of life cant have a hold on them.
Imam Adewunmi noted that Kings, they say, are either born or chosen, but described Oba Olugbenle as a born king whose performance during the past 10 years was outstanding.
He was the opinion that there’s every likelihood that the people of Yewaland has set a standard and qualification for the traditional stool in Yewaland, saying, “perhaps that has been the magic wand and the propelling force behind the moral excellence of our Royal Father since he occupied the exalted position of a king.
“Many of us might not be able to witness the era of another monarch in Ilaro-Yewa, but we pray that our blessed Yewaland will continue to receive blessings from above with self-disciplined and morally inclined rulers that will continue to raise our flag higher as being done by the present monarchs in Yewaland.
“Ilaro and Yewaland as a whole should be grateful for having the type of personality of Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, who is keeping the name of the land sacred and unstained since he ascended the throne of his forefathers.”
Imam Adewunmi however congratulated the monarch for a successful reign and prayed for many more years of purposeful reign in the land.
The Islamic scholar also expressed the gratitude of Yewa Muslim Community to other kabiyesis and Chiefs in Yewaland for their unalloyed support to the Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, praying that God in His infinite mercy shall continued to guide and protect Oba Olugbenle and his fellow kabiyesis and Chiefs within and outside Yewaland.
Earlier in his sermon, titled; ‘The Efficacy of the Throne”, Imam Ishaq Murder, founder of Marcas Arabic School, Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government, urged Oba Olugbenle to be thankful to God, all the time, saying his (kabiyesi) candidature as a king has been destined from heaven.
Imam Ishaq called on the Muslim faithful who were called to serve their people in various ways to always be sincere and serve them meritoriously, saying, whatever the position you’re blessed with, I want us to know that it will one day expire and whatever you do while on that seat shall be remembered after you are no more.”
The Muslim cleric stressed that there’s always a payback time to whatever we do on earth, either good or bad, adding “as Muslim faithful we should be good ambassadors wherever we find ourselves, and desist from the worldly material things that you would not take along to heaven.”
Imam Ishaq congratulated Oba Olugbenle for the peaceful reign in his domain since he ascended the throne, saying kabiyesi should use the occasion of the celebration to forgive and forget whoever might have offended him in the process of clinching the royal ticket among his co-contestants.
His words, “Kabiyesi’s candidature as a king has been destined from heaven; hence his success in the process of clinching the royal ticket among his co-contestants.
“I want to appeal to our Royal father to use the occasion of his 10th year coronation anniversary celebration to forgive and forget whoever might have offended him in the process of clinching the royal ticket.”
The Muslim cleric also used the occasion to express the gratitude of the people of Oja-Odan in Yewa North Local Government of Ogun State for Oba Olugbenle’s role in the installation of a new traditional ruler for the town after 28 years of the vacant stool.
Responding to Imam Ishaq’s sermon, Oba Olugbenle thanked him for the commendation expressed on behalf of the people of Oja-Odan on their new monarch.
Oba Olugbenle noted that he wasn’t the only person that made it happened, but the Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun who approved the candidature of the king as presented by the town king makers and the Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, and of course other kabiyesis in Yewaland.
The monarch however lamented that after so much efforts put in by well-wishers of Oja-Odan Town to have a traditional ruler after 28 years, some people were still aggrieved for the installation.
Oba Olugbenle advised the citizens of Oja-Odan to embrace peace and allow the new tidings to bring development to the town.
While expressing his gratitude to the Yewa Muslim Community for Special prayer session to commemorate his 10th year on the throne, Oba Olugbenle also thanked OVAs and Chiefs in Yewaland for their continued support to him.
He however urged them not to relent in their efforts towards taken Yewaland to the promised land.
In his brief comment at the event, the Balogun of Ilaro-Yewa, Chief Ganiyu Aderounmu described Oba Olugbenle as a God-fearing and lover of humanity.
Chief Aderounmu opined that within Kabiyesi’s 10 years reign he has facilitated many developmental projects to the nooks and crannies of Yewaland, saying this feat has endeared him to many sons and daughters of Yewaland.
The colourful event was graced by Royal fathers from Yewaland, League of Imams & Alfas, members of the Olu-in-Council of Ilaro-Yewa, dignitaries from within and outside Ilaro-Yewa.
They include Olori Omotayo Olugbenle, who accompanied Oba Olugbenle to the event; Alhaji Isah Olusoji, the Olori Ebi Olusoji Dynasty; Pastor (Omooba) Ronke Adewale, Oba B.B. Oyero, the Onijale of Ijale Ketu; Oba Lukmon Kuoye, the Olu of Imasayi; Oba Buhari Makinde, the Oniwoye of Iwoye; Oba Yisa Olaniyan, the Onipokia of Ipokia; Oba Saheed Olubiyi, the Onidogo of Idogoland; Oba Mukaila Salako, the Adokun of Igan-Okoto; Prof. Raheem Oloyo, former Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Adeboye Sanu, the Ekerin of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Adeyinka Alani, the Basorun of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Tajuudeen Akinbami, the Ekarun of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Ganiyu Aderounmu, the Balogun of (Ilu-Ata), Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Gbenga Popoola, the Balogun of Ona-Ola, Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Thomas Lala, the Bobaseto of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Adenitumo, the Ekefa of Ilaro-Yewa and Chief (Mrs) Durowoju Bukola, the Otun Iyalode of Ilaro-Yewa.
Others are Chief Shafarudeen Popoola, the Bobatolu of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Ayo Durotola, the Otun Aguro of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Taofeek Fagbenro, the Asipa of Ilaro-Yewa and Chief Ismail Adebola (Asiri Abo), the Asoju-Egba of Ilaro-Yewa; Chief Ajani Olurin, Baale of Iweke; Chief Femi Ilo, Baale of Apakoso; Chief Ajibawo Matthew, Baale of Egbeda-Ajibawo; Chief Fagbohun, Baale of Fagbohun; Chief Rasaki Ogunlola, Baale of Igbo-Nla; Chief Pekun Alagbe, Baale of Alagbe; Chief Bamidele Johnson-Akinlade, Baale of Iwogia; Chief Ibrahim Ajisafe, Baale of Ojete; Chief F.A. Ajuwon, Baale of Irogun-Olorunda; Chief I.A. Ilori, Baale of Ishaga-Abata and Chief S.A. Ajibawo, Baale of Itolu.
Also in attendance are Chief Mustapher Adetayo, the Baba Adinni of Ilaro Central Mosque; Alhaji Gaffar Idowu, the Otun Musulumi of Ilaro Central Mosque; Sheik Huseifat Ajibola-Gbadamosi, the Alfa-Ilu (Mufty) of Ilaro; Alhaji (Pham) M.A. Lawal, the Seriki Adinni of Ilaro Central Mosque; Prince Fatayi Ajibode and Elhadj (Chief) AbuSatar Idowu Hamed, Otun Baaroyin of Ilaro-Yewa among a host of others.
After a Special prayers from Alfas in Attendance to Oba Olugbenle the guests and congregation later moved to the Private Palace of Oba Olugbenle where the Yewa Muslim Community were hosted on the occasion of Oba Olugbenle Yearly Iftar celebration.