The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has urged Nigerians to co-exist peacefully regardless of their ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Oba Adeyemi spoke in Oyo after conferring the title, “Afiwajoye of Yorubaland” on the Managing Director (MD) of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief George Moghalu.
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The monarch said Chief Moghalu was considered for the title because of his ability to lead with courage, describing him as a patriot and nation builder.
The Alaafin said, “It is a known fact that chieftaincy conferment in Oyo, the centre of Yoruba culture and political development, has never been arbitrary or random. It is based on meticulous investigation and thorough scrutiny grounded on integrity, visible role, modelling, patriotism and without any ethnic or cultural bias.”
In his acceptance speech, Chief Moghalu urged Nigerians to expend energy on things that united the country.
He said, “The chieftaincy title signifies that we are one country. We are one people. We understand ourselves and we love ourselves. It is a way of cementing our unity, because by virtue of this title, I am a member of this family. I am a member of the Yoruba nation.”