President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday paid a courtesy visit to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, as part of activities marking the 40 years anniversary of the state.
The president, who arrived at exactly 6:20 pm amid tight security, was welcomed by Ibikunle Amosun, governor of the state, the Awujale and other notable indigenes of Ogun.
Buhari, who was in Ogun to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the state’s creation, is also expected to inaugurate 40 landmark projects embarked upon by Amosun.
The president was welcomed with a loud ovation by supporters who chanted ‘Sai Buhari’ as he emerged from his vehicle.
The president immediately proceeded into the inner chambers of the palace for a closed door meeting with the monarch and other dignitaries.
At a dinner attended by the president, Amosun thanked everyone for the honour given to the president.
“I want to thank everyone for the honour given to the president who is also eager to reciprocate the support given to him by Ogun people during the last elections,” Amosun said.
Buhari, in a response, said he was elated by the gesture and warm reception, saying he would always be willing to be associated with the Awujale for his remarkable support for him.
“I sincerely apologise for coming later than expected; it was due to the visit of the Spanish Prime Minister earlier today,” he said.
“The Kabiyesi is someone I will always honour and I’m very grateful for his support to me and this government.”
The Awujale, in his remarks, thanked the president for honouring him with the visit, pledging his total support for the success of the administration.
“You coming here is not as a visitor but as the home owner. I thank you for making yourself available as promised to the service of all Nigerians,” he said.
“We want to assure you that we are with you in your fight to liberate Nigeria from corruption, insecurity and other vices.
“We know that under you, this nation will develop and attain its goals to the admiration of the world and comity of nations.”
The president subsequently asked to take his leave as he proceeded to the state capital, Abeokuta, to perform other state duties.
At least, 51 traditional rulers and 41 high chiefs were present at the occasion.
Others present were Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals; Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture; as well as former Ogun governors – Olusegun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel.
Business tycoons, Mike Adenuga, Subomi Balogun and Dapo Abiodun, were also present.