October 3, 2023

As part of the activities lined up to commemorate the 15th coronation of the Timi of Ede land in Osun State, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, the monarch will confer the esteemed title of Jagunmolu of Ede land on a former Chief of Army Staff and former Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd).

A statement by the Chairman Planning Committee, Tajudeen Akanji, on Friday, said the event would hold on Wednesday in Ede.

Akanji explained that the choice of  Dambazzau for the prestigious title stemmed from the fact that he has distinguished himself as a personality with a remarkable track record of service and leadership.

He said Governor Ademola Adeleke would be the chief host and special guest of honour of the day at the grand finale of the event on Saturday.

“The entire Ede community eagerly anticipate this auspicious occasion, which will not only commemorate the 15th coronation anniversary but also reinforce the bond between Dambazau, an indigene of Kano and the people of Ede land.” Akanji stated.

Meanwhile, a reaction greeted the announcement on Friday.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Yomi Aliyu, said in a statement on Friday that the news that Dambazzau would be conferred with the Jagunmolu of Ede came with a rude shock, because, according to him, the chieftaincy was not vacant.

The statement read, “Chief Yomi Alliyu SAN was installed as the Jagunmolu Of Edeland since March 1999 by HRM Oba Tijanni Oyedokun Agbonran II, the then Timi of Edeland, with HRM Oba Okunade Sijuwade in attendance.

“We have set in motion judicial process to correct the anomaly should the current Timi,  whom I hold in high esteem, insist on going forward with the said installation of our highly revered Gen Dambazzau.

“We can think of no reason for appointing another to a post held by me other than that I defended my client, Governor Isiaka Oyetola, in the last election. As a person that supports APC from AD time I could not do otherwise.”

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