30 Years After, Ife Royal Court Pay Tribute to Awolowo
By Sodiq Lawal
Ile- Ife Royal Court during the week in a colourful celebration remembered the late Premier of the Old Western Region in Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo who gloriously exited this world 30years ago.
The royal court lauded the numerous achievement of late Awolowo for his dedication and commitment for the freedom and justice in African.
A statement by the Director Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare decribed Chief Awolowo as a core member of the inner chamber of the royal court of Ife with indelible contributions in the affairs of the palace.
He said”As the Asiwaju of Youruba, he provided a second to none leadership for the Yoruba people in Nigeria culturally and politically in a way that the western region became so respectable and today remains a force to reckon with in the life of the country and beyond”
“As the premier of the western Region, he led us to an everlasting glory, he put the name of Nigeria on the map of ideal societies in the world, he managed our resources prudently and judiciously to make us pacesetters not only Nigeria but also in Africa with landmark achievements like creating the first Television in Africa, the tallest building in Nigeria(cocoa house), the first stadium in Nigeria, the first free education in Africa, the first free health service in Africa, the first housing Estate in Nigeria, the first industrial Estate, the best and most beautiful university in Nigeria, and the first public investments corporation(Oodua Group of Companies)
” He was an epitome of good leadership and great symbol of economic emancipation who will always be remembered all.”
The royal court however said Awolowo as a leader whose love for the masses, respect for human dignity and great development stands him out as a true man of the people who continues to live the heart of the people.