By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Barely three years after he got to the throne, Osun State Government has finally presented Staff of Office to Salu of Edunabon in Ife North West Local Council Development Area of Osun State, Oba Oladepo Olatunde Kehinde (JP).
It would be recalled that after the late Oba Elijah Omoloye Ayelade Agunbiade 1 joined his ancestors, Oba Kehinde, was pronounced king by the State Government on November 26, 2018 and subsequently issued a letter of appointment on November 28, 2018.
Crisis, however, erupted following this pronouncement as one Nasiru Adebayo, who contested the stool with him started parading himself as king.
This led to the Palace being set ablaze, while many people were seriously brutalized.
Speaking during the presentation of the Staff of Office at an event held inside the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abere, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who was represented by the Special Adviser, Hon. Adeosun Rasaki, commended the people for ensuring peace in the ancient town, noting that peace is necessary to enable his administration to bring adequate development to the area.
Oyetola, however, urged the monarch to rule his people with the fear of God and always listen to them and consult widely on any decision he wishes to take so that they would all have sense of belonging.
Responding, Oba Oladepo appreciated the Governor, his subjects; both at home and in diaspora for believing in him and standing by him since November 2018 that he was appointed as the new Salu of Edunabon.
Oba Oladepo assured them of a new dawn in the town, thereby calling on them to join hands with him in his bids of making Edunabon a great place among the comity of towns in the state.
For those that contested the stool together, Oba Oladepo said he has taken many reconciliation steps for peace to reign, notably among which was the withdrawal of arson case filed against them.
The monarch stressed that there can be no progress or development in the atmosphere of chaos, he urged them to come together, bring their brilliant ideas on the table as they all have no other place to call theirs aside Edunabon.