Tinubu, Akeredolu congratulate Osemawe on birthday, coronation anniversary
Written by Adeola Ibrahim on November 6, 2023
President Bola Tinubu has congratulated the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo, on the occasion of his 70th birthday and 17th coronation anniversary.
The congratulatory letter signed by the president and made available to our correspondent, on Sunday by the Chairman of the Anniversary Planning Committee, Chief Steve Akinretoye.
In the president’s letter titled, “Congratulatory message on your birthday and coronation anniversaries”, President Tinubu described the Osemawe as an extraordinary agent of positive development, noting that the Ondo Kingdom had been recording tremendous social and economic transformation since Oba Kiladejo, became the monarch in 2006.
The letter read in part, “I write, with joy, to wish Your Imperial Majesty, a happy 70th birthday and to congratulate you on your 17th Coronation Anniversary. I recall vividly what it looked like almost two decades ago, when Your Imperial Majesty was practically pulled out from your very successful private medical practice in Lagos, to mount the throne of your forefathers, as the Osemawé and Paramount Ruler of the Ondo Kingdom.
“It is evident that 17 years on, Your Imperial Majesty has filled that expansive office admirably, thus proving that the kingmakers of Ondo, obviously operating under divine inspiration, did not make a mistake in their unanimous choice of you as the next Osemawe. That was in the year 2006.
“Today, no one needs to go too far to encounter the evidence of your impactful reign over the Ondo Ekimogun people. They are visible all over the community and touch practically all aspects of human endeavour.
“May I emphasise, Kabiyesi, that the Federal Government notes the support you have lent agencies, institutions, programmes, and government officials as they relate with your community over the years”
The President also expressed appreciation for the monarch’s commitment, to extending the frontiers of development engagements which “you have so very well coordinated in your domain, and with your subjects, both at home and abroad and these past years.”
Similarly, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu Akeredolu, in his message to the monarch noted that the Ondo Kingdom had continued to witness unprecedented development and unmatched peace since Oba Kiladejo was installed, 17 years ago.
Akeredolu’s letter titled, ‘Goodwill message on Your Imperial Majesty’s platinum celebration.’ was also made available to our correspondent on Sunday.
It also reads in part, “On behalf of myself and my wife, Betty, the government, and indeed the good people of Ondo State, I join other numerous well-wishers to extend our warmest felicitations to Your Imperial Majesty on the attainment of the enviable status of septuagenarian as well as on the occasion of your 17th Year on the throne of your forebears.
“Like many great things in life, the older they get the more enduring they become. That is – certainly very true of Your Majesty. In the last seventeen years as the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, the ancient city of Ondo has continued to witness unprecedented development and unmatched peace. It is on record that Your Majesty provided unparalleled leadership when you were the Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas.”
Akeredolu also lauded the Osemawe for his good relationship with the government. “Your counsel to our government from time to time has been found very invaluable and developed focussed.”
“It is our earnest prayer that Your Majesty will continue to enjoy good health and divine wisdom in providing the much-needed leadership for Ondo Kingdom and Ondo State in general.
The governor added It is my great pleasure to join other numerous Nigerians in wishing Your Majesty many more years of fruitful service to mankind,”