Onitigbo Elect, HRH Oba Taiwo Thomas-Fagbayi Triumphantly Enters Ancient Tigbo Town In Grand Style, Promises Inclusive Participation, Among Others
Just as the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the newly elected Onitigbo of Tigbo-Ilu, Ota, HRH Oba Victor Olabode Thomas Taiwo Fagbayi, the Adeyannbo II, entered the ancient city of Tigbo-Ilu with pomp, pageantry and wide acceptability.
Oba Victor Taiwo Thomas-Fagbayi, an ex-international footballer who played with the 1993 under 17 squad alongside Kanu Nwanko, Wilson Oruma, Luqman Olugbode and several others is also an ex player of Spanga IS Football club of Sweden.
The stool of Onitigbo of Tigbo, which has suffered long interregnum spanning to over 200 years, received life on Thursday, 13th August, 2020 when the new Onitigbo, elect was given an appointment letter by Ogun Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, confirming his victory after a fiercely contested stool which lingered for about 10 years and 8 months.
Residents and indigenes of the ancient Awori community all came out en-masse on Sunday to receive their new monarch, an event which the Iyalode of Yoruba land that also doubles as Iyalode of Egba, Chief Mrs Alaba lawson described as ‘epic’ and ‘historic’ in the community and Yoruba land as a whole.
Iyalode Alaba Lawson, in her short speech and more praise songs, described Oba Taiwo’s emergence as ‘ordained’ owning to the shenanigans that surrounded his contest and emergence. She however, assured the people of Tigbo-Ilu that the coming of Oba Taiwo will birth a speedy, but yet, meaningful development in the town.
In his speech, Oba Thomas Taiwo, thanked the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun for seeing to the timely approval of his appointment after having waited for almost 11 years. He also acknowledged the Olota of Ota, HRM Oba Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege for his fatherly role and support prior to his emergence.
While assuring the youths of inclusiveness, Oba Thomas Taiwo said that the youths will be well represented in his cabinet as their energy and passion is needed for the speedy development of the community.
He reiterated that he will always chat Awori cause as the tribe is not well represented in the scheme of things. Assuring that he will synergize with other Awori Obas in order to put Awori land in the place which it truly deserved.
Oba Thomas implored all the co-aspirants to team up with him so as to move Tigbo to the next level. ” I want to urge and invite all those who contested the stool of Olu of Tigbo Ilu with me. I implore them to cooperate with me in the spirit of sportsmanship for the progress and development of Tigbo Ilu. This administration is extending a hand of fellowship to them, and it shall as well provide them prominent role in the diverse development prospect that will transform Tigbo’s potential into great fortunes for the good and benefits of all”.
The Onitigbo debunked rumour making the rounds that he is not of Awori extraction and that he will play the cards of Egbas. He said that he is not only from Awori, he is also a committed son of Ilesi ruling house, Ota.
“Let me use this medium to clear some doubts. I have heard that I am not an Awori and therefore my throne will do the bidding of the Egbas. This is off mark and should not be dignified with any form of concern. For the sake of clarity, it is beyond my making and I found it rather impossible for any of us to discountenance or deny the place of birth and identity of our mother. Just like many other Aworis, my mother is an Egba woman, but my father is from Ilesi in Ota, and Tigbo, Awori Land. I am a legitimate, trusted and committed son of Awori and to her project. I am using this medium to reemphasize and reaffirm my pledge and allegiance to the interest of Awori and it shall remain paramount to me throughout my long reign as the Olu of Tigbo Ilu Awori Kingdom”.
VOA News gathered that the new monarch has commenced traditional rites (Ipebi) preceding his crowning as the Onitigbo of Tigbo-Ilu