The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom and the Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, Odundun II will on Sunday 19th September, 2021 proceed on his annual traditional leave.
Adeyeye Michael, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deji made this known in a statement made available to Journalists in Akure on Friday.
According to the statement, “It is important to notify the public and residents of Akure that beating of drum within Akure Kingdom under any guise is prohibited throughout this seven days.
“The annual leave is expected to last for a period of seven days beginning from Sunday 19th September, 2021 till Saturday 25th September, 2021. It is a period when the Deji goes into seclusion to take rest and also use the avenue to pray for peace and prosperity of the Land.”
It also noted that the road leading to the Deji’s Palace will be closed down to commuters during this period and advised road users to make use of all adjoining routes.
“Equally, markets, shops and stalls around the Deji’s Palace will be closed during the seven days leave. Residents are advised to comply with these directives while going about their lawful duties.”
This is coming less than a month after all markets and shops in Akure were closed as part of the requirement to observe the age long tradition of the annual Aheregbe and Amole Festival.
The Aheregbe and Amole Festival were held between Thursday 19th August, 2021 and Saturday 4th September, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, has called on the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo to use his appointment as the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas to promote peaceful cooexistence among residents of the Sunshine state.
This is contained in a statement signed by its Chairman, Lamidi Ishola
“The NIPR believes that his appointment is not a coincidence but a result of sincerity, excellence, uprightness and dedication and commitment demonstrated in running the affairs of his domain and his passion for the overall development of Ondo State.
“NIPR also commends Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for finding Oba Aladetoyinbo worthy for the position especially at this time that a robust synergy between the government and the traditional institution is needed to stem the escalating security situation and division in the country.
“While NIPR wishes the monarch well in this new assignment, we challenge him to use his good office to galvanize support of his Council for the present administration in the state to further drive development and to tackle some challenges threatening peaceful coexistence in their domains and Ondo State in general.
“NIPR assures him of it’s support in a bid to succeed in his new office.”