Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has applauded the duo of Alaafin of Oyo and Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111 and Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111 respectively for their contributions to nation building in various capacities.
The Minister, a native of Ogbomoso, stressed that the recent visit of the Alaafin to his counterpart in Ogbomoso, is indeed a timely and welcome development, that will further boost peace and unity across the state.
Dare, while extolling the virtues of the paramount rulers, emphasised that the role of traditional institutions in nation building cannot be undermined, adding that monarchs should be accorded constitutional responsibility.
The elated Ogbomoso born politician urged the political class not to play politics with royal institutions, as they are destined by God to govern their subjects.
Dare said, “I was elated when I got the news that Baba Alaafin visited Baba Soun, after decades.
“This is a sign that the new year will usher in great accomplishments and successes across board.
“For us in Oyo state in particular and Nigeria in general, these great personalities, have made remarkable, invaluable and historic contributions to the social, economic and political development of Nigeria.
“Having ascended the throne of their forefathers in the seventies, with their goodwill intact, they are true and genuine leaders.
“Their robust and evergreen contributions to their respective domains and humanity are impressive and unforgettable.
” I am a beneficiary of the rich and wise counsel of these great monarchs.
“They inspire and motivate not only their contemporaries but the younger generation.
“We shall continue to look up to them in our capacities as we serve the nation”
The Minister, while praying for longer life and wisdom for the paramount rulers, urged the Alaafin and the Soun not to relent in their efforts in promoting peaceful co-existence and unity among all ethnic groups in Nigeria.