The Olu of Oworo land, HRM Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi Agbosi II has commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his untiring effort in ensuring peace and harmony in Kogi state.
The monarch noted that the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and herder-farmers’ crisis has become a thing of the past, compared to neighboring states in the country.
He, however, vowed to protect his people from external forces who are bent on fanning embers of discord in Oworo land.
The monarch disclosed this on Friday shortly after the maiden meeting of Oworo Traditional Council held in his ancestral home, Jakura, Lokoja local government area of Kogi state.
The traditional ruler, who was overwhelmed with the warm reception from his people, vowed to protect and preserve the historic culture of the ancient kingdom.
Baiyerohi, who acknowledged the abundant mineral resources in Oworo land and his Jakura ancestral home, called on the federal and state governments to invest massively in the community.
“I am appealing to traditional title holders in Oworo land to embark on aggressive sensitization. There is no organization or body that is not faced with crisis. The issues we are facing in our land can be resolved through our collective efforts.
“The only unfortunate aspect to some of the issues confronting us in Oworo land are preventable. But for selfish nature of human being, some people seized the opportunity of the existing crisis to derive their own immediate selfish benefit and they are the people flaming the embers of disunity in Oworo land.
“I appeal to traditional rulers to see things without bias and be prepared to do more on sensitization and education just like the way it was done few days ago. People where surprised to hear some of the things they have been saying about me before them without bias.
“I am using this medium to express my sincere gratitude to Governor Yahaya Bello for making the state very peaceful for us. When I was coming back to my ancestral home to lead my people, we never had any hitches, compared to what is use to be before in the state and other areas outside the state. I am also grateful to him for his effort in tightening the security of the state.
“We have already gotten matching order from the government that henceforth, my operational base should be my ancestral home. Today, you all gathered here for this auspicious meeting where we at gathered here to discus critical issues that affects Oworo community. I see it to be very historic because is a development coming out after liberation or what I would call enslavement.
“I will not say Oworo is absolutely free from external interests that wants the downfall of this community. By the grace of God, our ancestors will help us destroy them,” he said.
Adding their voices, the Obaro of Jakura, HRH Usman Ajibola Adoga and the Obafaye of Oworo land, Chief Sam Ranti Abemeni both described the meeting as historic stressing that the Olu’s presence would attract meaningful development to his people.
They, however, decried on the poor standing of leaving in the communities within the axis as they maintained that the land is currently faced with deplorable road network, lack of pipe borne water, electricity and other social amenities.
It could be recalled that a ruling house some months back had written a petition to the State House of Assembly, calling for the removal of the monarch alleging some irregularities while in office.
But the petition was widely rejected and condemned by majority of the people in Oworo land including traditional rulers and title holders who unanimously passed a vote of confident on the leadership of the Olu of Oworo land, Mallam Mohammed Adoga Baiyerohi Agbosi II.
It was, however, gathered that there are five royal lineages in Oworo land. They are Okpoto of Ika, Akposi, Aba, Ajokpa, and Ajeto. The native authority of Oworo land is Agbaja.