The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, has felicitated with Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo on his 50th coronation anniversary.
Kalu who described the Alaafin as a selfless statesman and highly detrabilised traditional ruler and applauded his invaluable contributions to nation building, described the traditional ruler a ”reservoir of knowledge and epitome of royalty,”.
He urged Oba Adeyemi to sustain his patriotic efforts aimed at promoting peace and unity across the country.
The former governor of Abia state wished the traditional ruler long life and wisdom as he steers the affairs of the ancient Oyo kingdom.
“I join the people of Oyo state and in particular, Oyo kingdom in celebrating His Royal Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III as he clocks 50 years on the revered stool of his forefathers.
“Kabiyesi, has over the years, sustained his goodwill and pedigree, in view of his extra-ordinary leadership style and passion for the welfare of his subjects.
“As one of the longest reigning royal fathers in Nigeria, the wise counsel of Oba Adeyemi on national issues cannot be undermined.
“Kabiyesi is a strong advocate of peace and unity.
“He has over the years used his position to advance the cause of the people.
“Oba Adeyemi’s reign has brought robust development to Oyo town and environs.
“As Kabiyesi marks this historic feat, I wish Oba Adeyemi longer life on the throne of his forefathers,” Orji said.
The former Governor also congratulated the Oyo Royal household, Oyo Mesi and people of Oyo kingdom on the historic occasion.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Alaafin ascended the throne on Jan. 14, 1971 when he was 31 years.