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Awujale at 80: Monarch harps on tackling corruption

ABEOKUTA—THE Awujale and paramount  ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, yesterday,  said that traditional rulers are not exempted from corruption in Nigeria.

The monarch however, declared that the country would not overcome its socio-economic challenges except  corruption is weeded out from all strata of Nigeria’s existence.

From Left, Publicity Manager, Sub-planning Committee, Otunba Ayodeji Osibodu,Chairman Sub-planning Committee and Chairman Troyka Holding, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, His Majesty, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona and Vice Chairman, Sub-planning Committee, Chief Fassy Yussuf, at the World Press Conference in Commemoration of the beginning of His Majesty, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona's 80th birthday held in Ijebu Ode ogun state.Photo By Biodun Ogunleye.

From Left, Publicity Manager, Sub-planning Committee, Otunba Ayodeji Osibodu,Chairman Sub-planning Committee and Chairman Troyka Holding, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, His Majesty, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona and Vice Chairman, Sub-planning Committee, Chief Fassy Yussuf, at the World Press Conference in Commemoration of the beginning of His Majesty, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona’s 80th birthday held in Ijebu Ode ogun state.Photo By Biodun Ogunleye.

Oba Adetona, while  addressing  newsmen at his palace during a special interview session organised by the Renaissance Group  to mark his forthcoming 80th birthday and 55 years on the throne,  lamented that corruption  has become endemic, which requires divine intervention.

The traditional ruler said;  “Corruption has become part of our life in this country, from our leaders and even the Obas are not left out, there is corruption everywhere. It is the greatest problem facing us as a country, and we have  to overcome it to move forward.”

He emphasised that the country is rich in every aspect of human endeavour  but, that corruption will not let the nation grow.
“People should refrain from being corrupt. If we as the people change, our leaders or anybody coming to corrupt us will also change,” he said.

The Renaissance Group had earlier described the traditional ruler as an incorruptible ruler, who is transparent and equitable.
The group outlined programs for the celebrations, which will be between Sunday, May 4th and May 10th 2014.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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