In commemoration of his first coronation anniversary on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, Kakalistiq.com reports that HRM Oba Morufudeen Adelani Adeniyi, Oke 1, the Adegbajo of Odo-Gbawojo kingdom, delivered a thought-provoking speech that echoed the complex dynamics inherent in his role as the traditional leader of Odogbawojo. Titled “The Throne: Enormous Responsibility, Shrinking Authority,” the discourse unveiled the intricate balance between the symbolic authority of the Obaship stool and the pragmatic limitations imposed by contemporary legal frameworks.
In the tapestry of Odogbawojo’s history, this anniversary marks a milestone, symbolizing the renewal of hope, love, and unity among the indigenes and their neighbors. However, Oba Adeniyi reflected on the journey with a candid acknowledgment of the contrasting emotions woven into the fabric of his tenure. It has been a tale of fulfillment, happiness, and glamour, juxtaposed with the challenges of crisis management and communal engagements to prevent potential upheavals.
The speech underscored the duality of Adegbajo’s role: a custodian of ancient traditions and a servant of the people within the bounds set by contemporary legal frameworks. The narrative wove through the challenges faced by traditional rulers, who, despite being viewed as fathers and protectors, find their powers limited in addressing issues ranging from civil matters to criminal activities within their domains.
A critical observation made was the erosion of the traditional belief that ‘Oba lo ni ile,’ as property transactions now occur without recourse to the Oba. Adegbajo called upon the Lagos State government to take a pioneering role in reforming traditional institutions, delineating specific roles and authorities for traditional rulers to effectively serve their communities.
The welfare of traditional rulers was emphasized as vital, considering their proximity to grassroots challenges. Adegbajo advocated for reforms that would empower traditional rulers to contribute meaningfully to government efforts in rural development and security.
Turning to his subjects in Odogbawojo, Adegbajo expressed gratitude for their unwavering support and outlined plans to address infrastructural needs, particularly the rehabilitation of the Adegbajo road. Additionally, he pledged a commitment to education by offering scholarships to indigent pupils, affirming his dedication to the service of Odogbawojo.
Adegbajo extended appreciation to government officials, especially the Lagos State Governor and his deputy, as well as other public figures contributing to community development. A special mention was made of the Honourable Monsuru Akinloye and the executive chairman of Eredo LCDA for their steadfast support.
Adegbajo expressed gratitude to his wife, the Adegbajo in council, special guests, and the community at large for their support. He called for continued belief in his capacity to effect positive change, concluding with a heartfelt expression of unity and hope for a brighter future for Odogbawojo.
It is noteworthy that a day earlier, with the unmistakable sincerity and compassion embedded in Oba Adegbajo’s demeanor, it became evident that he was more than a ruler; he was a guiding force leading his people to a promising future. His unwavering commitment to upholding the rich culture and tradition of his community is exemplified by the esteemed individuals comprising his traditional council, honored a day earlier.