In a historic ceremony held at the Ogbomoso Township Stadium, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State presented the Staff of Office to Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, officially installing him as the 21st Soun of Ogbomosho. The event, which attracted a large crowd and eminent personalities from across Nigeria, marked a significant moment in the ancient city’s history.
Among the distinguished guests were Former Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Gorge Akume, represented by Sir Olusegun Adekunle, OON; Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke; Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, represented by his deputy, Kayode Afolabi; and Chief Adebayo Oyero, a former President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), among others.
His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri, graced the occasion alongside these dignitaries, showcasing the strong bond between the people of Warri and Ogbomosho. His presence underscored the longstanding friendship between Ogiame Atuwatse III and the newly installed Soun, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, Orumogege III.
Expressing his joy and confidence in Ogbomosho’s future under the reign of Orumogege III, His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III conveyed his warm wishes for the new Soun. He celebrated the people of Ogbomosho and expressed optimism that the ancient town would witness greater progress and prosperity during Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye’s tenure.
As the Staff of Office was presented, Governor Seyi Makinde urged the 62-year-old traditional ruler to foster unity in Ogbomosho and lead activities that would accelerate development in the region. His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III echoed these sentiments, praying for a long and peaceful reign for the newly crowned king.
The presence of these influential figures at the historic event solidified the unity and camaraderie among diverse kingdoms in Nigeria, symbolizing a shared commitment to the promotion of traditional institutions and cultural heritage.