Former President Olusegun Obasanjo received Prof. Saka Matemilola, the newly appointed Olowu of Owu kingdom, on Monday at his old residence in Ita-Iyalode, Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
Obasanjo, the Balogun of Owu kingdom, assured the monarch of his and the kingdom’s sons and daughters’ support.
Last Wednesday, the state government approved Matemilola’s appointment as the new Olowu.
The Owu kingmakers, led by Obasanjo, had screened seven princes vying for the vacant seat of the Olowu following the death of the late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu, who died on December 12, 2021, and joined his ancestors.
Matemilola’s meeting with Obasanjo and other high chiefs marked the start of his six-month-long traditional rites.
“When the late king died, the Owu kingdom did what has never been done in the Owu kingdom as Christians, Muslims, and traditionalists we gathered to celebrate the late monarch’s life,” Obasanjo said as he presented the new monarch to the chiefs and others.
“We (the kingmakers) did what we were supposed to do, and some people were upset with us, but we thank God that after the kingmakers finished their task, the state government approved his appointment.”
“This is the quickest time in which a new king will fill a vacant seat following the death of our departed monarch.” We have preserved our culture and tradition, and we must not allow it to perish.
“I want to assure you (Matemilola) of my undying support, as well as the support of all the sons and daughters of Owu kingdom, in your journey as the new Olowu of Owu kingdom.”
Christian, Muslim, and traditional leaders prayed to God on behalf of the new monarch.