The newly installed Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, Orumogege 111, has assured Indigenes of Ogbomoso that his reign will usher in steady progress and advancement of the ancient City.
Oba Ghandi, while addressing his subjects and guests at the palace after the Iwuye ceremony, which marked his official resumption of office as Soun, noted that new ‘light’ has come upon the City of Ogbomoso.
In His words: “Light has come upon Ogbomoso. I am not saying that there wasn’t light before but this is a new light, which has come to stay.
“Ogbomoso is a big town, all indigenes of Ogbomoso home and abroad will be glad to be indigenes of Ogbomoso. There will be new developments in Ogbomoso. Ogbomoso will be different from other towns in terms of development and peace. Everyday, we will see God’s compassion.”
The new Soun equally used the opportunity to extend Olives branch to aggrieved individuals in the town to join hands together for the progress of the town.
“To those who are still aggrieved, let us join hands for the progress of Ogbomoso and this is the Lord’s doing. Let us work together to achieve great strides for Ogbomoso.
We cannot say we love this town and allow crisis. We will make Ogbomoso better.
“God has sent me to do great things – to bring about development of Ogbomoso. I am not here as King to simply dominate, acquire wealth, make names. I am here to take Ogbomoso to enviable heights; heights that our forefathers envisaged that makes Ogbomoso stand out in Yoruba land such that Ogbomoso indigenes will be cherished anywhere they are seen.
“The work to develop Ogbomoso has started. You will see the difference. You will all see the difference. Many companies are coming to Ogbomoso. Jobs will be enough such that no Ogbomoso indigenes will search for jobs. Yes, I do not talk too much but you’ll see action by God’s grace. The work has started, let us join hands for the development of Ogbomosoland,” he noted.
Speaking on the seven days seclusion by the Kabiesi, the Head of the Kingmaker, Chief Sobalaje Otolorin, the Aare Ago of Ogbomoso, noted that no ritual was done during the days of seclusion.
“No ritual is involved during the seclusion, it is our tradition here in Ogbomoso. Even if we chiefs are installed, we have to stay at home for seven days during the seclusion. You are free to entertain people. You are free to watch television. Ogbomoso’s style is different from other Yoruba town and we have to abide by the law that we have to stay,” he said.
A former Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao Akala and one of the prominent community leader in Ogbomoso, Dr Saka Balogun, who also spoke with journalists at the event, urged the monarch to effect reconciliation among aggrieved indigenes.
Dr Balogun said: “The first thing the monarch should do is to effect reconciliation, which is very pivotal. Without his body language and express language for peace, that area will remain turbulent for quite some time.
“There has been challenges here and there but because I believe he is the choice by God, that is why he has been able to overcome all the challenges and I believe he will overcome whatever remains of the challenges.”
Also, Sir Olusegun Adekunle, President of Ogbomoso First Group, said the choice of new Soun was ordained by God, saying it is a right step in the right direction.
“Having a leader enthroned by God is a great thing and we believe we are stepping in the right direction. We have to help him with an agenda for development, peaceful coexistence, unity, Economic progress in Oyo State, and Nigeria at large.”
He, however, advised the new king to rule with the fear of God, ask for the wisdom of God and ensure that he dispenses justice to all and sundry where needed.
As early as 8 am the whole town was agog as palace was filled to the brim with exciting residents and dignitaries from all walks of lives who are elated with the enthronement of the new King.
Oba Ghandi started the Royal possession from Ogbomoso High school and moved to the Palace.
He received homage from the chiefs after which a praise and prayer sesion was led by Bro Gbile Akanni and popular gospel artist, Mr Laolu Gbenjo, popularly known as LG.
Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi Telu, a number of traditional rulers as well as High Chiefs and prominent indigenes of Ogbomoso graced the Iwuye ceremony.