The Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde on Culture and Tourism, Hon Akeem Ademola Ige has projected that the tomb of Legendary Mohammad Obadoke Aare Latoosa would soon be a point of tourist attractions.
Hon Ige expressed this during his official visit to the tomb at Aare Latoosa Avenue, Bodija, Ibadan on Monday afternoon.
“My visit here is to see how this place could be transformed to a tourist centre. Aare Latoosa was one of the great Warlords who rescued Yoruba land and nothing is too much to do for the preservation of his legacies. If not for him and his likes who fought for Yorubas, people like us and our fore fathers would have been enslaved on our own land, Ige submitted.
The immediate ex-minority leader and later, Chief Whip of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Ibadan South East Constituency 1 was conducted round the tomb and its surroundings by Oloye Hameed Are.
While reacting after inspection, Hon Akeem Ademola Ige said he was impressed with the level of work so far done, with the efforts of the family and support of the reigning Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams who visited and donated some amount few days ago.
“I’m very impressed with what I saw and I have to commend Iba Gani Adams for his generosity the last time he visited here. In fact, his visit prompted my own to see things for myself and as a Special Adviser on Culture and Tourism, I shall report to the appropriate authorities to transform this place to a befitting tourist centre; Ige concludes.
On hands to receive Hon Akeem Ademola Ige and his entourage were the Chairman Aare Latoosa Elders Council, Chief Muftau Are, Arch Murphy Are, Youth Dynasty Chairman, Abdul Lateef Are, Saheed Oyewo Are, Fatai Are and Arowolo-Are Jubril.
Legendary Mohammad Obadoke Aare Latoosa was installed as the Baale (Olubadan) of Ibadan land and Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land between 1871-18