ONDO NON-INDIGENE’S INTEGRATION POLICY LAUDABLE – NOA DG
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has invested the Deji of Akure Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, Afunbiowo the second as “Do the Right Thing” Ambassador for his exemplary and motivational leadership which integrates the leaders of various ethnic groups resident in Akure into the Deji’s Council. The Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri performed the investiture during an interface on peace and unity organized for stakeholders in Ondo State by the NOA at the palace of the Deji of Akure.
Mr. Omeri commended the Oba for the policy, noting that the inclusion of the Igbos, Igalas, Hausas and the Egbiras into the traditional ruling council of Akure was a true reflection of the large heartedness and hospitability that Nigerian communities are traditionally known for. He therefore called on other traditional as well as democratic leaders across the nation to emulate such disposition which, he said, had opened up the Akure Kingdom to more creative ideas thus contributing to its development. He explained that the position of “Do the Right Thing” Ambassador marks the Deji out as a role model for his followers and other leaders to copy.
In his remarks, Oba Adesida noted that it had always remained the responsibility of traditional rulers to maintain peace and promote tolerance in their respective domains. He was of the opinion that if all traditional rulers will ensure their fulfillment of these traditional obligations that are already known to them, there was no need for the on-going clamour in some quarters for a constitutional role for traditional rulers.
On the issue of ethical re-orientation, the Deji who doubles as the Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in Ondo State, commended the NOA for its bold initiative, through the “Do the Right Thing: Transform Nigeria” campaign, to positively transform the psyche of Nigerians into one that celebrates the good in our people rather than elevating the bad. He however charged the NOA to work closely with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Ethics in the pursuit of ethical rebirth for greater force and synergy.
The Oloyoda of Oda, Oba (Dr.) Bamidele Akosile, who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers in the State, lent his support to the submission of the Deji of Akure on ethical rebirth. He charged the NOA to intensify its campaign at correcting the “African time” perception among Nigerians which gives credence to lateness. He condemned the perception in its entirety and challenged Nigerians, especially the ruling class, to cultivate a new time keeping paradigm that would make them attend appointments not later than ten minutes before the appointed time as against the practice of habitual lateness.
The Chairman, Akure South Local Government Area, Architect Jide Adejuyigbe corroborated the contributions of representatives of the Christian, Muslim and ethnic communities in Akure on the peaceful co-existence of religious faithfuls and ethnic groups in the community which he hinged on the values of tolerance and harmony handed down by Akure people from generation to generation. He however urged the NOA Director General to use his good offices to facilitate the fulfillment of the Federal Government’s promise of making the palace of the Deji of Akure a monumental peace. When this is done, he said, it would serve as another monument of reference to peace, unity and progress in the nation.
The interface attracted the attendance of leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Council of Ulama, traditional worshippers, the Igbo, Hausa, Igala and Egbira communities in the State.