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LAGOS: De Renaissance Patriots pay homage to Ayangburen, say, “We hold His Royal Highness in high esteem”


Leaders of the Lagos State socio-cultural organisation, De Renaissance Patriots Foundation, have recorded yet another feat in their bid to lead a better state for fellow indigenes following a homage paid to the Ayangburen of Ikorodu and Permanent Chairman of Ikorodu Division, His Royal Majesty Oba (Engr.) Kabiru Adewale Shotobi.

The Group’s high powered delegation was led by the Alternate Chairman, Board of Trustees and former Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Major General Tajudeen Olanrewaju (Rtd) and other members of the Foundation’s Steering Committee.

According to a statement dated June 9, 2024 and released to the press by Media Office of the Lagos natives’ Group, the visit was done on on Saturday June 8.

Inside the Palace, they reiterated their respect for traditional institution and sought the blessing of the royal father for the rediscovery project that the Patriots champion as one of the collectives of indigenes in Lagos State.

Telling the royal host purpose of the visit, General Olanrewaju said that the visit was a home coming and that the visit to royal fathers was to deepen the esteem that they have for the traditional institution.

In his remarks, the Foundation President Adeniji-Adele also thanked the Ikorodu Division topmost monarch, who is one of four Permanent Vice Chairmen of Lagos State Council of Chiefs, for granting them the audience.

He told Kabiyesi that the group was in Ikorodu in furtherance of one of its main objectives which was to develop deeper ties with all indigenes of Lagos State with a view to ensuring that indigenes play critical roles in its further development and take charge of their affairs in the state.

He enjoined the Kabiyesi to pray for the success of the state, “The Lagos State that will make indigenes more in tune with their aspirations.”

Responding, Oba Shotobi thanked the leaders of De Renaissance Patriots Foundation for considering the need to preach unity among the IBILE indigenes and also for advocating more rights and opportunities for the indigenes among others in the state.

He stated that Lagos indigenes are noted for their tolerance which had made non-indigenes residing in the state prosper and be able to live and do their businesses with ease and in peace.

The group thereafter departed for venue of the meeting with strategic stakeholders in the Division, hosted by its Honoured Trustee, Dr. Wasiu Tiwalade Odofin.

At the meeting, the BOT Alternate Chairman, Major General Tajudeen Olanrewaju thanked the host, Dr. Wasiu Tiwalade Odofin for his warm reception.

In a statement on the sideline of the meeting, the Retired General said, “Let me tell you straight away that we, members of De Renaissance Patriots Foundation of whom you are our honoured trustee are extremely grateful to you for the excellent welcome you extended to us on our visit to Ikorodu.

“We cannot, but thank you for the reception and programme you laid out also for our members, which include a courtesy visit to the First Class Ruler, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Engr Kabiru Adewale Shotobi. The Kabiyesi received us in the Palace and shared his feelings on the objective of our visit, which is about making lagos state administration an inclusive entity for the indigenes. His advice is significant and well noted.

“Our further interactive session with the cross segment of Ikorodu’s distinguished stakeholders will go a long way in the cementing of cordial relationship between Eko and Ikorodu Divisions.

“We were happy with your efforts in propagating the spirit behind De Renaissance Patriots Foundation’s mission in Ikorodu Division. We observed your determination in moving the advocacy of “Take Lagos State Back” to the indigenes in Ikorodu Division.”

The President, Prince Adelani Adeniji Adele, thanked the host, Dr. Otunba Wasiu Tiwalade Odofin, for the warm reception.

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