Ijebu Ode, Ogun State at the weekend went agog as the Bayelsa State Governor; Hon. Seriake Dickson re-connected with his kith and kin in Fidipote ruling house and expressed his readiness to strengthening the bond of relationship between the two states.
Accompanied by members of immediate family and top government functionaries, the Governor during his historic visit to the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebu land, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona assured the people that, his administration would work with them to promote unity, peace and harmony, not only in the Niger Delta area, but also the country as a whole.
The Governor stated that the people of Ijebu land and Bayelsa state have many things in common, especially in the areas of commerce and hospitality, adding that these two areas would be explored to strengthen this bond of relationship.
In his words: “it is our desire to continue to associate with you and with this land. It is our desire to connect properly in every way possible with our kith and kin here in Ijebu Ode and contribute our bit to the development of this great and blessed land and also to work with you to promote and deepen the bond of fraternity in this country and build upon the unity of our people.
“As our case and several other cases clearly illustrates, we are indeed one people united by history, culture and by blood as my case demonstrates.
“We have come all the way from the creeks of the Niger Delta to the heartland of the Yoruba nation in Ijebu land here; we are indeed one people. It is our intention to continue to work and partner with you and others to see how we can work to make not only the Niger Delta, but Nigeria as a whole to be one place where people live in unity, peace and harmony”
Describing the visit as a historic one for him and his family members, the Governor expressed his desire to re-connect with his kith and kin with a view to retracing his lineage and strengthen family ties in Ijebu land.
The Governor, who expressed appreciation to Oba Adetona and the people of Ijebu land for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage, congratulated the Oba on his 80th birthday
Governor Dickson also acknowledged the significant contributions of Oba Adetona to Ijebu land and the Country at large, noting that the monarch has conducted himself as a man of honour and promoted the customs and traditions of the kingdom.
In his remarks, the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona expressed delight over the visit of Governor Dickson describing it as a homecoming.
According to Oba Adetona, the maternity of a child is nevercontestable, which demonstrates Governor Dickson’s visit toIjebu land to fraternize with his kith and kin.
He also likened the Governor’s visit to the prodigal son in the scriptures, assuring that they would continue to pray for him to succeed in al his endeavours.
“I can assure you of the very best of our cooperation. It is our pleasure to have you in our midst here. It is an occasion that we have been looking forward to, to receive back home as one of our illustrious sons.”
Oba Adetona, who lauded the Governor as an illustrious son, remarked that success was one of the attributes of the Ijebu people, stating that Governor Dickson has demonstrated that trait as a true Ijebu man and they would support him in prayers to attain higher positions.
Highpoint of the occasion was Governor Dickson’s visit to his homestead in Ijebu Ode, where special prayers were offered for him and his family members.
Also Oba Adetona donated a piece of land to Governor Dickson to develop to further establish his relationship with his roots.
The Governor on his part promised to name the building after his great grand mother, Princess Adebukola Fidipote, whom he described as a selfless and hardworking woman.