VP Osinbajo, Ooni of Ife, Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, other dignitaries expected to attend Akarigbo’s coronation
The late Akarigbo, Oba Micheal Adeniyi Sonariwo, had joined his ancestors on July 24, 2016 and the coronation ceremony of the new Akarigbo, Oba Tunde Ajayi, is slated to hold on Thursday, December 7 at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Emir of Kano, Sanusi, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, and other dignitaries from across the nation are expected to grace the coronation and presentation of staff of office to the new Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi.
This was disclosed, on Friday, by the Chairman of Akarigbo Coronation Planning Committee, Otunba Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, during a press conference to announce activities lined up for the coronation ceremony, held at the Akarigbo Palace, Sagamu.
Speaking further, Onafowokan, said the new Akarigbo, having undergone the mandatory days of traditional enclosure (Ipebi), for 37 days, will be presented with the staff of office by the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Vice president Osinbajo, who hails from Remoland, will represent the federal government at the occasion, while the Ooni will be joined by other Yoruba traditional rulers and Yoruba in the diaspora, for the ceremony.
Onafowokan, also disclosed that Hausa and Igbo communities in Sagamu were carried along in the coronation programme. He, however, allayed the fear of residents of the town, including members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on traditional rites accompanying coronation, stressing that “all rites had been concluded”.
He listed football competition, Akarigbo Marathon race, youth rally/float, among other activities as events organised to accompany the ceremony.