By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the 2021 ODUN OMO-OLOWU as a unifying factor that brought together top traditional rulers in Egbaland.
He said the festival also succeeded in uniting Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Obasanjo, who is the Balogun of Owu, while speaking at the grand finale of the festival on Saturday in Abeokuta, tasked the top traditional rulers in Egbaland to sustain the unity among them, adding that the governor would be happy to work with the united people of Ake, Gbagura, Owu and Oke-Ona Egba for the development of the entire Ogun Central Senatorial District
Obasanjo, who as the Prime-Minister of Owu Kingdom, speaking on behalf of the Olowu of Owu-Abeokuta, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu described the presence of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and Agura of Gbagura, Oba Sabur Bakre as the dawn of a new era.
He said their joint presence marked the beginning of unity among Egba top monarchs.
The former president praised the Planning Committee, led by Omoba Rotimi Olasode-Martins, Owu youths, led by Prince Muhad Adetilo and Obas and high chiefs for ensuring the success of the festival.
He urged them to continue in the same spirit for the progress of the kingdom.
Governor Abiodun, speaking at the occasion, commended the Owus for their support to his administration, promising never to take them for granted in the provision of basic facilities.
Abiodun vowed that his administration would never be distracted by detractors who placed their personal interest above the overall welfare of the people
“Our administration remained focus on its “Building Our Future Together”, which coincides with the theme of this year’s ODUN OMO-OLOWU DAY. We are focus on ensuring the prosperity of Ogun people by ensuring the completion of inherited projects with economic value for the development of the state,” he said
The governor later announced a donation of N5 million on behalf of the state government and a personal donation of N5 million for the new palace project of the Olowu of Owu.
Notable sons and daughters of Owu who have distinguished themselves in their various fields were honoured at the event.