Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has pledged his unalloyed loyalty and support to the new Olowu of Owu, Oba Saka Adelola Matemilola.
Obasanjo made the pledge while presenting Oba Matemilola to other Owu chiefs and indigenes at the monarch’s old Ita-Iyalode residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The former leader also assured the new monarch, who is just beginning the necessary six months of traditional rites, of the support of the sons and daughters of the kingdom.
“I want to assure you of my unalloyed support and the support of the entire sons and daughters of Owu kingdom in your journey as the new Olowu,” he said.
Obasanjo said this was the fastest time a new king would be filling a vacant Olowu stool after the passing of an Oba, appreciating the kingmakers for preserving the culture and tradition of the kingdom.
He expressed satisfaction that the process of selecting the new Olowu by the kingmakers got the approval of the Ogun State Government last Wednesday, even though some people were not happy with the kingmakers.
“We did what we are supposed to do and some people were not happy with us, but we thank God that the state government approved his (Matemilola’s) appointment,” he said.
It was learned that the kingmakers, led by Obasanjo, had screened seven candidates eyeing the stool vacated in December 2021 by the late Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.
After presenting the new monarch to the people, Obasanjo bowed before Oba Matemilola as a show of honour to the crown.