20th October, 2021
By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
The Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo has called on sons and daughters, of Egbaland both home and abroad to associate more with their root to enhance development in Egbaland.
Alake gave this advice during the installation of Toyin Amuzu as the Asiwaju Leragun of Egbaland at his Ake Palace in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The paramount ruler, who advised every Egba descent to always try to visit their homestead said “the Egba Kingdom is well known for its innovations and developmental strides of being the first in civilization, thus, it is our responsibility to keep up the pace of growth”.
According to Oba Gbadebo, “the chieftaincy title of Asiwaju Leragun Egbaland bestowed on Chief Toyin Amuzu is a warrior or warlord Chief title peculiar to the Igbehin people where Amuzu was formally the Leragun Igbehin. He was also the Okanlomo Ijeun, but now he has been promoted to the Asiwaju Leragun of Egbaland home and abroad, due to his steadfastness and selflessness in developing our communities.
“I hereby implore you to continue your good works and protect the interests of Egba kingdom and its people at all times.”
Amuzu, who is the founder and Chairman of the Toyin Amuzu Foundation, promised to continue to serve God and humanity at all times.
He also called on the Nigerian youths to take their destinies in their own hands by participating actively in politics and making their leaders accountable to the society.
“If we keep saying we don’t want to get involved then who is going to get involved to change our society? We all have to do it together,” he said.
“As at yesterday, Toyin Amuzu Football Championship kicked off. It is just a way of bringing the youths together and to encourage them.
“There are other things you can do rather than stealing and breaking into people’s house but we need to engage them and that is what we are trying to do, when you engage them and they have other things they are doing they will turn out good.
“The country has become so bad, no job, I remember those days when our parents were sending us to school to have masters degree. Today Masters is just like an ordinary degree and everyone on the streets without jobs all have masters, how many people have employment?
“If you have gone to school and you don’t have any job and the country is not doing anything, the youth will have no option than engage in yahoo, I am not encouraging it, but we have to always remember that there is no flame without a cause, having said that, we need to improve these youths, develop them and encourage them,” he said.