By James Ogunnaike
The Olofin of Ado-Odo in the Ado-Odo / Ota local government area of Ogun State, Oba Lateef Adeniran has cleared the air on his supposed return to the palace after seven years and seven months in exile that followed his attack in 2013.
It should be remembered that Oba Adeniran was attacked in April 2013 by angry young men in the city.
People beat him and undressed him, who had apparently invaded his palace earlier to destroy cars and set his house on fire.
Young people at the time were protesting against a Supreme Court ruling of January 12, 2009, which validated Adeniran’s appointment as Olofin of Ado-Odo, Ado-Odo / Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Since then, the first-rate Oba has been living in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, even as he attends to stool issues.
But Oba Adeniran, with whom he spoke, said that his return to the ancient city of Ado-Odo on Sunday, December 20, 2020, was at the urging of the youth of the city who invited him to a summit as the royal father.
The monarch said: “Although my entry into Ado-Odo last Sunday was greeted with pomp and pageantry accompanied by notable traditional rulers, it was at the urging of the youth of Ado-Odo. I was surprised by the kind of welcome I received when I came to Ado-Odo because everyone; Young and old, men and women, flocked out to greet me. I thank God for that and I thanked my people for the honor and respect they gave me.
“Let me correct a media impression that suggested that I returned to the palace. I was not dethroned or removed like Oba. So since they didn’t get me out, how can they say I went back to the palace?
“All I have to say is thank God for his protection and benevolence towards me over the past seven years and seven months. He has been kind to me and my family.
“I will return to Ado-Odo before the end of this year or early 2021 because as I speak to you, the palace that was vandalized at that time is not yet ready for habitation.
“I have forgiven everyone who attacked me then. To err is human and to forgive is for God. I have nothing against anyone. Immediately after the attack, I forgave them and ask God to forgive them and have mercy on them.
“I got a call from Ado-Odo that Sunday that I immediately left, it rained. Also, I learned that before my visit that Sunday, there was no power in Ado-Odo, but the power was restored after my visit. All of this indicated that God has answered the prayers of the Ado-Odo people and that peace has finally returned to the community.
“The day of my coronation, it also rained.”
“I want to thank the youth of Ado-Odo, especially Johnson Adegbola, who initiated the youth summit to which I was invited as a royal father.
“I want to thank Governor Dapo Abiodun for the role he played in ensuring that peace returns to the city of Ado Odo. His efforts show that he is a man of peace and the father of all.
“I want to urge all Ado-Odo’s sons and daughters, both at home and in the Diaspora, to embrace peace because, without peace, our people cannot grow.
“I will appeal equally to all the Baals, Chiefs and indigenous people of Ado-Odo to join me in bringing the desired development to the city.”