Fashola rejects Oba’s chieftaincy title Reviewed by Momizat on . Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Saturday politely rejected the honour of a chieftaincy title from a royal father, Oniru of Iru land, Lagos, Oba Abidu Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Saturday politely rejected the honour of a chieftaincy title from a royal father, Oniru of Iru land, Lagos, Oba Abidu Rating:
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Fashola rejects Oba’s chieftaincy title

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola on Saturday politely rejected the honour of a chieftaincy title from a royal father, Oniru of Iru land, Lagos, Oba Abidun Idowu Oniru.

He said, “Kabiyesi and his chiefs can continue to lead us, let them deal with all those traditional and chieftaincy issues. At the appropriate time, we will come and join them, but for now, leave us in our suits, booths, overalls and helmets, because this agbada is not good for clearing refuse and tarring the roads.”

He, however, received the award of excellence conferred on him by the monarch who was celebrating his 75th birthday and 18th coronation anniversary. While expressing his appreciation to Oba Oniru for honouring him, Fashola said the task of governance required absolute focus and would want the chieftaincy title to wait for now.

On the award for excellence, Fashola said it was not for him; rather he dedicated it to all the civil servants in the state who he said were responsible for the giant strides of his administration.

While acknowledging the mornach’s exemplary leadership and support for his administration and his predecessors, the governor expressed his gratitude to the Oniru on behalf of members of the state executive council.

He confessed that when the state Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Prince Segun Oniru, informed him of the event, and told him that the Kabiyesi wanted to present him with something, he had made it clear that he would not attend the event if what the Kabiyesi wanted to present to him was going to be a chieftaincy title, but that Oniru had assured him that that would not be the case.

Former Lagos State governor and national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Senator Bola Tinubu was also conferred with an award of excellence.

But Tinubu was not present as he had travelled to the United States.

Other dignitaries at the occasion included the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, Oba Abdulfatai Aromire Ojora, Oba Tijani Akinloye, Chief GOK Ajayi, (SAN), former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Adewusi, chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as well as all the white cap chiefs.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emmanuel-Chike-Ezeh/100002029280538 Emmanuel Chike Ezeh

    Those are the chieftaincy titles that has made our Leaders to turn their backs from facts to fulse and eliviate corruption in the system.- tumbs up for Governor Fashola

  • http://my.opera.com/DrM172/ Ma’aji Caleb Zonkwa

    You have really wise up Fashola. The chieftaincy Title should wait after you completed your oath of POLITICAL Office.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CINURMIQIUT5WA3K5CELNSEBNY Faith

    Very good Nigerian, thank you Governor Fashola my governor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adedoyin-Ayanlaja/100000012935356 Adedoyin Ayanlaja

    I also enjoin the Governor of Lagos State to politely say NO to the chieftaincy title with all the honour and respect attached to it,i see no reason why Public officers or Politicians have to be honoured with titles for rendering the fundamental obligations that they are mandated for.These titles are supposed in the first place reserved for special prominent people and for achieving an extra-ordinary goal within the society.The pain is that most Chieftaincy titles in Nigeria today are bargained for where you see Crooks,Criminals ,Ex-convicts including yahoo-yahoo boys with Chieftaincy title.Meanwhile i don’t know actually if CHIEF JAMES IBORI bargained for his own or he was honoured with it for whatever.!!! 

  • danimam53

    If our political leaders can show this type of courage @ rejecting chieftancy titles, our leaders in politics will rise up to their responsibilities.
     Long may you live omo Fashola.

  • http://twitter.com/Smith0195 same same

    Well done Mr. Fashola! All Politicians and Public Officers/Civil Servants should not be offered taditional titles for JUST DOING,  what they are supposed to do anyway ( carrying out their  basic responsibilities).

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernest.obiesie Ernest Obiesie

    Thank you Governor Fashola for courage and exemplary leadership.

    Those who do everything to get chieftaincy titles should  take note.Its a serious concern that even religious leaders  now crave for such titles too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/omuyayusuf John Yusuf

    Surely this may be Fashola’s  closing remark when he honourably leaves office  ”I came, I saw and I conquered”   May  God help you to sustain these rare commodities in Nigeria: ”Integrity and principle”

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