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50 Years on the Throne: Aregbesola Writes Alaafin

*Says, You are a unique monarch with grace, dignity

Razaq Bamidele

Former Governor of the State of Osun and current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has sent a personally signed congratulatory letter to the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Iba Lamidi Adeyemi Ijubabayeye 111 on his 50th coronation anniversary.

In the letter, Aregbesola described the First Class monarch as a foremost monarch who has conducted himself with grace, dignity and panache since his ascendancy of the throne of his forefathers 50 years ago.

The former Governor of Osun State stated this in a letter he personally addressed to the monarch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his coronation. The letter, titled: Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary, reads in full:

“In these last five decades, you have conducted yourself with grace, dignity and panache befitting a foremost Oba and it is beyond dispute now that you have no close compare.

“You’ve demonstrated intellectual depth, especially in the history of the Yoruba and contemporary developments around the globe in the last 200 years. You’ve displayed the valour of your forebears like Oranmiyan, Sango, Awonbioju, Adeniran and others.

“You have lived to the billing of the custodian of Yoruba culture and traditions and have been the most ardent promoter globally.

“Your reign has also been significant to the Yoruba race in that you’ve been working towards its unity and promoting its cause nationally and globally as well. The race has witnessed great strides in science, engineering, culture, arts, education, physical and urban development. Yoruba people now occupy top positions in all walks of life in business, academia, law, government, diplomacy and others locally and abroad.

“It has been a great delight and thing of joy to me that the Almighty God has given you long life and prolong your reign and has put you in a position of leadership in all counts.

“On behalf of my wife and our other associates, I exceedingly rejoice with you on the occasion of this anniversary.

“It is my heartfelt prayer that God will continue to imbue you with strength and other endowments you will need to sustain the tempo for a long time to come.

“Congratulations sir, K’ade pe lori, ki bata pe lese, igba odun, bi odun kan ni”.