The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi has installed a new Igbo leader for the Igbo community in Akure Kingdom.
Oba Aladetoyinbo had earlier approved the appointment of Chief Umenweke Titus about a year ago.
He finally performed the traditional installation of the new Igbo leader at a ceremony held at the Ojukoto’s court of the Deji’s Palace.
While performing the rite on the new Igbo leader, the Asamo of Akure Kingdom, High Chief Rotimi Olusanya urged the new leader to continue to toe the path of honour and integrity which he is known for.The High Chief urged him to lead the Igbo community rightly and ensure that there is cordial relationship between them and the Akure people.
He, therefore, charged him to ensure that there is a continued mutually beneficial relationship between the Igbo community and her host.
The First Class Monarch while speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Michael Adeyeye said the occupant of the office was removed six years ago due to his insubordination and disrespect to the exalted stool of the Akure monarchy.
He said the essence of waiting for so long was to ensure that the Igbo community present a consensus candidate that will be acceptable to them.
He also added that the palace took time to do an adequate check on the background and antecedents of the new leader before finally installing him to give direction to the Igbo community.
Oba Aladetoyinbo described the Igbo as an integral part of Akure Kingdom.
“We have inter-married, we share businesses together among other things. It is pertinent to say without no iota of doubt that the Igbo have been very instrumental and contributed in no small measure to the success story of economic viability of Akure land,” he said.
The Monarch who also described them as industrious said I am very sure that my first wife is an Igbo woman. This will further tells you the bond and the respect I have for the Igbo people.
While responding after taking his oath of allegiance, the new Igbo leader said he was highly elated that his people found him worthy to be recommended to be their leader.
“I am equally grateful to Oba Aladetoyinbo for the confidence he reposed in him and I promise to ensure that henceforth, there will be a great bond of unity between the Igbo and the Akure people. We are one, we have our houses, businesses and families here. Therefore we are an inseparable part of the Akure community, he said.