The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebu Land, Oba Sikiru Adetona has warned kingmakers against politicising the process of selecting his successor after his demise.
Oba Adetona, 85, who was speaking at this year’s Ojude-Oba held at Oba Adetona Pavilion, Ijebu-Ode, expressed doubt over his being alive at the next Ojude-Oba, thereby using the occasion to warn against politicising of the selection of his successor.
Oba Adetona who spoke in Yorùbá said, “When I eventually go, please, go for a capable successor.
“Reject any candidate that will put Ijebu Land into retrogression.
“Do not politicise the process of selecting my successor.
“Do not go for people that will draw Ijebu backwards.
“If the next ruling house does not present a viable candidate, please, reject him, and go for the next ruling house with capable candidate.
“Do not go for moneybags that will destroy the achievements Ijebu Land has recorded so far.
“Call on God for direction when picking my successor. Ask God to guide you.”
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