It was an historic day in Ijebuland last Saturday as the Paramount ruler and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona installed the third Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland.

The new Ogbeni Oja is Olor’oogun Sonny Kuku, who was installed as part of activities marking his 80th birthday.

Kuku, who is the co-founder of EKO Hospital Group is also the Pro-Chancellor, University of Benin

The new Ogbeni Oja, an accomplished surgeon, businessman and administrator succeeded his late uncle and erudite lawyer, Bayo Kuku who died in 2015.

The venue of the epoch-making event was the cultural Ojude Pavilion which played host to Nigerians and non Nigerians within and outside Nigeria, who thronged there to rejoice with the new Ijebu chief.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, led other dignitaries.

Among them were the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; former governors of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, Senators Ibikunle Amosun and Gbenga Daniel among others.

Chairman, Ogun State Council of Traditional Rulers and Akarigbo of Remoland, ObaAdewale Ajayi, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Kehinde Olugbenle, the Osile of Oke Ona Egba, Adedapo Tejuoso, among others were in attendance.

Abiodun, who spoke through his deputy,

challenged the Ogbeni Oja to use his good offices to foster unity, economic development and educational advancement in Ijebuland.

“Your accomplishments in the medical world and philanthropic gestures are indicating the positive impacts you are capable of bringing to Ijebuland and Ogun State at large, and we urge you to use your new office to pursue the benefit of all", the governor stated.