Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosholand has rejected a gift of N90m extended to him by Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde for the renovation of his palace.
The monarch’s palace was vandalized by hoodlums after police shot dead one during #EndSARS protest in the town.
In a letter dated October 19, 2020 addressed to Governor Makinde, the monarch politely turned down the gift.
Makinde had pledged a donation of N100m for the repairs of the vandalized palace.
According to the monarch, the damages incurred during the unfortunate incident would be taken care of by a coordinated community effort of Ogbomoso sons and daughters.
Oba Oyewumi further stated that a N10m released by the Governor would be added to the contributions of his subjects. He also stated that renovation work has commenced.
He urges government to engage our teeming youth who are largely unemployed or underemployed be assiduously explored to keep them meaningfully engaged and not idle. I have no doubt in my mind that under your able leadership this will be done.
In a statement the Oba said
“With respect to the misguided ones who violated the sacred sanctity of Aafin Ogbomoso, as the father of all, they are forgiven for their mistake and misdeed in the knowledge that they have retraced their steps and mended their ways for the future and will no longer allow themselves to be misguided”.
“Once again, my sincere thanks to you for your support and interest in upholding the traditional institution of Oyo State and by extension Yorubaland.
“May God grant you wisdom and success as you steer the affairs of Oyo State”.