21st July, 2010
The Balogun of Ekunpa in Ojo-Awori Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, Chief Muibi Abu, has called on the state governments across the country to accord traditional rulers a place in grassroots governance, saying that they are closer to the people and know their needs.
According to him, â€œthe role of chiefs in communities cannot be ignored as they are closer to the people at the grassroots,â€ while urging the state governments to allow them to participate actively in the day-to-day running of government activities.
While commending the Lagos State government for enhancing the living standard of the people in the state, Abu also congratulated the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu for the commissioning of his new palace and his untiring efforts to ensure the growth obaship tradition in the state.
He also commended the monarch of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni, the Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Oba Afolabi Ashafa, Onirewe of Ireweland, Oba Abideen Durosimi, Oloto of Oto Awori, Oba Josaiah Olarewaju Aina, Baale of Oke Agbo, Chief Muheem Abu, Jagunmolu of Ajangbadi, Chief Adewoye Adeyemi, Bada of Ajangbadi, Chief Seyi Omotoso and Abu Kosoko family for their support during his installation as the first Balogun of Ekunpaland recently.