By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State Governor has described the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, as a quintessential traditional ruler and custodian of the culture and tradition of the Yoruba on the occasion of the monarch’s 78th birthday.
A congratulatory message by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, also felicitated the royal father on his appointment as Chancellor of Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Governor thanked the founder of Crescent University and renowned jury, Prince Bola Ajibola, and the varsity management for the appointment, saying it was an honour done, not only to the Alaafin, but to the entire Yoruba.
Mr Ajimobi said that the contributions of the monarch to the preservation and promotion of Yoruba culture at home and in the Diaspora, his efforts towards the unity and progress of the Yoruba as well as the promotion of traditional institution were unquantifiable.
He said, “Kabiyesi deserves to be celebrated. He is an epitome of intelligence, culture and intellectualism in royalty. I particularly salute his commitment towards ensuring the unity of the Yoruba.
“I will like to say that the university has made the right choice in Alaafin. He deserves the appointment by all standards. He is a repository of knowledge and symbol of intellectualism.
“All these, I am sure, he will bring to bear in the performance of his responsibilities as the Chancellor. As a stickler to excellence in character and learning I trust that Kabiyesi’s impact will be roundly felt in the institution.”
“As Baba continues to age with grace, candour and resplendence, I wish him long life and sound health in the service to humanity. I also pray that Crescent university attains greater heights during his tenure as Chancellor,” Mr Ajimobi added.