Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi have congratulated the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe on his 75th birthday and 30 years on the throne of his forebearers.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi described the Monarch as a courageous and visionary leader who deploys his huge contact and influence in the development of Ado- Ekiti into a prosperous town and capital city.
He said the Oba Adejugbe’s love and commitment to the development of Ekiti State reflect in all his actions, adding that he is always ready to take on any responsibilities that would fast track the development of the state and the capital city.
While noting that Oba Adejugbe’s life has been very impactful, the Governor said the monarch’s influence and vision are responsible for the uncommon transformation which his domain, Ado Ekiti, has witnessed in the last thirty years.
“Kabiyesi is a reputable and visionary leader. His passion for the development of our dear State is second to none.
I recall the roles he played in the struggles for the creation of Ekiti State and I can safely submit that he is a man of great and positive influence, full of wise counsel.
“Needless to say that Kabiyesi’s exemplary leadership contributes in no small way in making Ado- Ekiti, the state capital, a peaceful and accommodating town where people from different parts of the country can live, work and invest without the fear of intimidation.
“Today, Ado- Ekiti is home to everyone regardless of tribe language, culture or religion. This is perhaps one of the reasons why Ado Ekiti has witnessed a tremendous transformation.
“On behalf of myself and the good people of Ekiti State, I congratulate Kabiyesi and wish him good health, long life and more impactful years on earth,” the Governor added.
On his part, the Deputy Governor extolled the virtues of Oba Adejugbe, hailed him for the pivotal roles played by the royal father in the creation of Ekiti State and development of Ado Ekiti since he ascended the throne thirty years ago.
Egbeyemi in a statement by the Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, described the Ewi as a beacon of light, an embodiment of God’s grace and mercy, an epitome of humility, a lover of peace, a bridge-builder and a king who exhibits a fear of God.
He noted that the Ewi had selflessly served Ekiti State which he championed its creation saying Ado Ekiti was lucky to have him as the king with the city enjoying the status of the state capital, economic nerve centre, tourist destination, an education hub and cultural centre of the note.
He said: “Kabiyesi, God is worthy of praises for giving you this opportunity to witness and celebrate this landmark birthday in joy, good health and fulfilment in appreciation of the unprecedented development witnessed in your domain since your ascension to the throne.
“You are a beacon of light, a shining star, an embodiment of God’s grace and mercy, an epitome of humility, a man of character, a lover of peace, a bridge-builder and a king who exhibits a fear of God. Long shall you continue to reign on the throne of your forbears,” he said.