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Former President and Balogun of Owu Kingdom Abeokuta, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday prostrated for the new Olowu of Owu-elect, Oba Prof. Saka Matemilola.
The former president received the new Olowu in his old house at Ita-Eko, Abeokuta as the monarch began his six months seclusion ahead of his installation as the first class Oba in Owu kingdom .
The former president bowed to Oba Matemilola shortly after his presentation to the sons and daughters of Owu land, before going into mandatory seclusion (Ipebi) .
The state government had on Wednesday announced the appointment of Matemilola as the new Olowu, putting an end to the long wait for the emergence of a new king.
Owu kingmakers, led by Obasanjo, had screened seven princes jostling for the vacant stool of the Olowu following the demise of the late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, who joined his ancestors in December 12, 2021.
Obasanjo in his reamarks assured the monarch of his support and that of the sons and daughters of the kingdom.
Matemilola who met with Obasanjo and other high chiefs is expected to commence his traditional rites which would last for six months.
Obasanjo said, “when the late king died, the Owu kingdom did what has never been done in Owu kingdom as christians, Muslims and traditionalists we gathered to celebrate the life of the late monarch.
“We (kingmakers) did what we are supposed to do and some people were not happy with us, but we thank God that after the kingmakers completed their assignment, the state government approved his appointment.
“This is the fastest time that a new king will be filling a vacant seat at the passage of our departed monarch. We have preserved our culture and tradition and we must not allow our culture go into extinction.
“I want to assure you (Matemilola) of my unalloyed support and the support of the entire sons and daughters of Owu kingdom in your journey as the new Olowu of Owu kingdom.”
Prayers were offered to the new monarch by Christian, Muslims and traditional leaders.
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