The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on Wednesday, warned the kingmakers in Ijebuland to ensure a capable successor was picked to ascend the throne after his demise.
The monarch who spoke during the 2019 Ojude-Oba held at Oba Adetona Pavilion, Ijebu-Ode, warned feverntly against politicising of the stool and selection process for the next king.
He noted that he did not know if he would be alive to witness next year’s Ojude-Oba festival.
“When I eventually go, please, go for a capable successor.
“Reject any candidate that will put Ijebuland into retrogression. Do not politicise the process of selecting my successor. Do not go for people that will draw Ijebu backwards.
“If the next ruling house does not present a viable candidate, please, reject him, and go for the next ruling house with a capable candidate.
“Do not go for moneybags that will destroy the achievements that Ijebuland has recorded so far.
“Call on God for direction when picking my successor. Ask God to guide you.” The 85-year-old monarch said.
Dignitaries at the event include the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, among others.