By Ishola Balogun
All is now set for the final coronation of the new Anyangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Adegunrushen V. The event which comes up on August 15, 2015 will mark the final coronation of the new traditional ruler.
Describing his ascension to the throne as the will of God, Oba Shotobi sued for peace while urging other contenders to join hands with him to move the town forward. “Having fought gallantly, and God has ordained his own, I earnestly plead with all my brother princes to please sheathe their swords and collaborate with me to usher into Ikorodu a glorious reign.Briefing newsmen in his palace shortly after his return from a compulsory 60-day seclusion, or Ipebi, Oba Shotobi disclosed that eminent personalities, including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashir Obasa, among others, will be conferred with various chieftaincy titles.
I hereby invoke the spirits of my progenitor and founder of this throne, the first Oloja LASUNWON and indeed other Obas who have ruled this town to pray for peace, harmony, and unprecedented development during my reign. I see imminent signs for change and glorious future for lkorodu. Oba Shotobi warned the youths to refrain from cultism and acts of violence, saying he will not tolerate any act of violence in his domain.
“I urged our children to be at peace and engage in positive and productive ventures towards building a future for the unborn children. There shall be no room for cultism, brigands, hooliganism, and disruption of public peace in my domain. I shall always be available to work with all youth organizations, and support all efforts to promote the interest of the youth for positive and productive values.”
Oba Shotobi who is of Lasunwon Royal Family was picked by the Kingmakers after a keenly contested process with 23 other qualified princes. The former governor of the State, Babatunde Raji Fashola presented a staff of office to him on May 26, 2015, before he proceeded on Ipebi on June 2, 2015.