By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Owu sons and daughters on unity.
Obasanjo made the call while peaking at the 29th Owu National Convention held at the Palace of Owu Kuta in Osun State on Saturday.
The ex-president who was the Chief host of the annual event advised the Owu people to do more in helping one another.
Explaining the rationale behind the convention, Obasanjo, who is also an Owu Indigene, said it was for all indigenes of Owu to know one another and develop their land.
He said, ” Government can help in development but we in our communities, villages in everywhere we settle, we can also help by adding our own little in whatever Government can do.
“So, our objective as Owu indigene is to help our people wherever they are, in their development, in the enhancement of their living standard. We are doing empowerment and giving out scholarship.”
Obasanjo then congratulated the new president of Royal Union of Owu People (RUOP), Alhaji Fatai Akinbade and tasked him to unite indigenes and ensure growth of the people of Owu.
The Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama while fielding questions from journalists admonished Nigerians and political office holders to restore traditional institution’s powers, stating that it was worrisome that monarchs have limitations in their roles.
Oba Makama noted that if the traditional institution is given its rightful place by being powerful and strong, security challenges in Nigeria would be a thing of the past.
In his acceptance speech, the 7th RUOP President, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade appealed to Owu sons and daughters who are in various Yoruba sociocultural groups to always strive to make the difference but giving their best so as to make the nation great.