OBA Mufutau Gbadamosi of Ofa, Kwara, on Monday appealed to his people to be peaceful, tolerant and remain committed to the growth and development of the town.
Gbadamosi made the appeal at his palace during a special prayer and thanksgiving following the affirmation of his appointment as the traditional ruler of Offa by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Gbadamosi, who described the judgment as one of “no victor, no vanquished”, urged his people to regard themselves as one indivisible entity.
He said they should demonstrate this by contributing their quotas to the town’s socio-economic development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the residents of the town treated Gbadamosi, who was in Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj at the time of the judgment, to a heroic welcome on Sunday on his arrival.
Gbadamosi said that for the community to achieve its yearnings and aspirations for a better future, its people, irrespective of their religious and historical lineages, should live in peace and unity.
He promised to continue to uphold the tenets of the institution he was representing, saying that the temporary drawback occasioned by the litigation would not be a hindrance.
Gbadamosi thanked the Emir of Iloin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and others for their support and assistance while the trial lasted.
“My victory at the court is a victory for Offa indigenes, both at home and in the Diaspora.
“Now that the contest is over, the sanctity and honour of the sacred throne of Olofa should be revered and protected.
“This should be the profound interest of all and sundry.
“I pray for a quick healing of wounds and resumption of our quest for progress, excellence, growth and development,” he said.
The National President of Offa Descendants’ Union (ODU), Alhaji Najeem Yasin, said that the community had witnessed unprecedented development since the installation of Oba Gbadamosi.
“These developmental projects range from the completion of ODU’s secretariat, the reconstruction of the razed Owode Market, donation of seven Hilux vehicles to the law enforcement agencies,” he said.