President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday felicitated with Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, on his 60th anniversary on the throne.
The anniversary makes the monarch one of the oldest reigning monarchs in the country, having been formally coronated on April 2, 1960.
The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, identified with the indigenes of Ijebu land, government and people of Ogun State in celebrating the milestone.
He commended the octogenarian for upholding the legendary history and tradition of his forefathers, especially the highly organized political, economic and social structures that preceded many civilisations in Africa.
Adesina said President Buhari affirmed that the monarch’s exposure, knowledge and charisma before ascending the position deeply impacted and expanded the influence of the domain, most remarkably among other traditional rulers and various state governments that relied on him for counsel.
He said the President believed the wisdom, warmth and friendliness of the monarch also translated into peace and civility in the domain and prayed that the almighty God would continue to bless the Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, and grant him more years of fruitful reign.