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I Believe In Unity Of Nigeria, Says Olowu Kuta

Contrary to the call by some section of Yoruba people for succession from Nigeria, the Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosun III, in a chat with the members of the  Society for Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria (SDNON) on Thursday said that the country is better together.

He said he believes in the unity of Nigeria no matter what the country is currently facing.

The Monarch added that he chose the part of nation-building for more than nine (9) years of his reign. 

“I have chosen my path to nation-building. Anyone abreast with activities from the palace of Olowu Kuta knows if I am not talking about tradition, I am talking about security, he said.

“It would be difficult for some of us that see beyond our nose to now want to believe that we should go separate ways, no. A Yoruba proverb says, “You don’t shave someone in absentia.”

“As monarchs, all of us have just three responsibilities. We are saddled with the maintenance of peace, culture, and tradition. Kings are not religious leaders. Our responsibility as handed over to us in our certificates is to be custodians of the legacies of our ancestors, so it does not go extinct.

The Monarch sighted the favour he got for his community from the former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Butatai who is a northerner. He said he got that favour because Nigeria is one.

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“There has been an agitation dating over a century for a major road to connect Ede and Kuta. The two communities are separated by the Osun river. Those ahead of me tried to get the attention of the Federal Government both during military rule and successive civilian administrations to deliver the road but failed.

“In the middle of a conversation, one day in Abuja, former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Butatai, thanked me for my support for the Nigerian Army and asked what patronage I wanted from the Army.

“I told him, I have only one request. I gave him a brief history of the river and how significant it is to my people. Immediately, Major General Butatai asked me to make the request official, by the next day, he minuted ‘approval to construct’, and soldiers were deployed to Kuta to evaluate and estimate the cost of the site of the river while I was still in Abuja.

Olowu of Owu Kuta with members of Society for Digital Newspaper Owners of Nigeria (SDNON)

“From the day they came for estimation, the army erected their tent in my town until the project was delivered. Buratai did it for my community free of charge and came to commission it himself. We then dubbed him a jinx breaker.”

“Over the past nine years, seven months that I have been opportune to be the Olowu of Kuta, there have been some legacy projects and landmark achievements to our credit, like never before.

“In the history of Kuta, they’ve never had a younger person on the throne until my emergence. We have four ruling houses.

“There has been an agitation dating over a century for a major road to connect Ede and Kuta. The two communities are separated by the Osun river. Those ahead of me tried to get the attention of the Federal Government both during military rule and successive civilian administrations to deliver the road but failed.

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