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‘Abeokuta Was Not Recommended As Capital Of Ogun State’- Awujale of Ijebu Land

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Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of being nepotistic by influencing the upgrade and making of Abeokuta, then a rustic town, as Ogun State capital in 1976.

The first class, Ogun State monarch, said at the weekend, during the turbanning ceremony of Princess Khadijat Adebisi Edionsere as the first Iya Suna of Ogun State by the Muslims Council, that Obasanjo used his influence and power as the second in command then, to ensure that capital of Ogun State was given to his home town, Abeokuta.

He revealed that Abeokuta was never recommended among cities under consideration as the state capital by the then jebumilitary administration of late General Murtala Muhammed in 1976, adding that the then Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Lieutenant General, now former President Olusegun Obasanjo changed the system and favoured Abeokuta overnight.

The monarch, however, explained that the action of the former president proved him “to be a true son of Abeokuta”, saying: “It is good to use your position to positively affect your people.

“When Ogun State was to be created, Abeokuta was not the city recommended as state capital. But, because Obasanjo was the second in command, he took the capital to Abeokuta. I don’t condemn his action, I am only saying our people should learn from that.”


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