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Tinubu celebrates dignity, courage, honour in Awujale

…Confers GCON honour on Oba Sikiru Adetona @ 90

 

President Bola Tinubu has celebrated dignity, courage and honour in the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Ogbagba II, by conferring him with the title of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

 

In a statement released on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, the president confirmed that Oba Adetona played a significant role in fighting for democracy in Nigeria between 1993 and 1999 when the military juntas ruled.

President Tinubu who was represented by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, noted Oba’s transcendental status and dedication to service throughout his 64-year reign.

The president further stated that the Federal Government would take over Oba Adetona’s policy school for effective output.

Tinubu announced this during a ceremony to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.

Applauding Awujale’s legacy of education, the President said, “We are celebrating courage, dignity, honour, and a life wholly committed to duty and service.

“He (Awujale) stood his ground and confronted injustice and oppression during our struggle for democracy between 1993 and 1999. If democracy is blossoming today, it is because patriarchs like Oba Adetona stood firmly on the side of the people.”

“To ensure the knowledge production and intellectual output of the post-graduate school benefit the entire country, NIPSS will take over the running and management of Oba Sikiru Adetona School of Governance Studies,” he added.

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