God’s willing, you become the next Olota of Ota, and how do you intend to reconcile culture, tradition, religion and politics so that they all go unperturbed?
All of them have distinct principles and also interwoven. An average politician, when he talks you know that he is a politician. As a king, one of the attributes is to be an all round person so that one can integrate all the diverse interest like having a good knowledge of political affairs but he should not be active participant, so that you will not be seen as sectional leader. A king is for all. Aside from being a Lawyer, I am also a student of political science as such I know what it takes to govern. As a cultural ambassador, I have an overwhelming strategies of how to promote culture within and outside the country. I know what it takes to hold on tenaciously to your culture because it is the mark of identity in every society. Affirmatively, a leader must be able to reform, redefine, promote the norm and beliefs of his society. As a good leader, there is need to know how t merge your cultural interest when relating with another culture so as to avoid conflict of interest.
What can you do to address the issue of unemployment among our teaming youths upon your installation as the next Olota of Ota?
According to Late Chief Awolowo, quote- “your right is your inalienable asset that can not be separated from you.” He proclaimed that after your name.. D next thing you should know is your right. But when ignorance, betrayal and insensitivity become order of the day, people who are not supposed to take your rights away from you will take it, this is what we are used to in our country and that is why you see people begging leaders for what they are entitled to naturally. In an ideal society, where there are localization of industries, the indigenes should be beneficiaries of that. It is their soil and it is because it is profitable that you are also flourishing. Notwithstanding, merit will not be jeopardised. Regardless of this fact, it becomes difficult when there are no avenue for people to request for this, they tend to sleep over it and it is their basic rights. According to the stipulations of environmental law, indigenes are expected to enjoy from corporate social responsibility. where it exists certain quota of employment should be given to the people of such community as landlords. Ota has the third largest concentration of industries, hence federal character should reflect. A traditional leader should be vast exposed, we have numbers of industries in Ota, hence we need to take full advantage of it and let our people benefit from it massively.
Do you think Ita-Oba day should be scrapped or repackaged?
Culture as we know is the mark of identity of any society, I have been to festivals across the world; in North America, Europe and largely Africa continents where people display their cultural heritage. Iganmode day is our identity, so instead of cancellation, we will revisit the planning, the management, repackage and re-modify it to give it more international standards. Iganmode day celebration will be celebrated like they celebrate Carnivals in other continents. In fact, we will revive more Carnival which are the wishes and aspiration of our people. In the midst of enormous benefits of such.
Is there anything aside from prayer you are doing to help you mount the stool of your fore-fathers?
I don’t think anyone will tell you that they have gone extra mile but I will not do anything that is derogatory to my fellow contenders. I know convincingly that royalty should not be a battle if negative motive is not induced. So, which ever means anyone explores. All is a subject of God’s divine arrangement. If God says I will be the next Olota of Ota, so be it.