It was amidst pomp and pageantry that the third anniversary and commissioning of the new Ayangburen Palace in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, was marked in the community on Saturday, August 10, 2018.
The new palace with modern and classy fittings was built by indigenes and well-wishers of the community, InsideMainland gathered.
Speaking at the event, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode represented by Mr Muslim Folami, Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, commended the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, for his contributions towards stability and development in the community.
He stated that the monarch contributed greatly during the era of Badoo attacks in the community by deploying appropriate strategies and working with the security agencies to stem the tide and he urged residents of the community to continue to support him.
“His Royal Majesty is a good son of the soil; somebody like that, I am sure if the community supports him in return, he will continue with his fatherly role in ensuring peace and stability in Ikorodu,’’ Ambode said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, urged the monarch to promote and encourage his subjects in the use of the Yoruba language and traditional practices because Ikorodu residents should be custodians of culture and tradition in Lagos State.
“I am delighted to be part of this programme being among the first set of chiefs after the coronation and Kabiyesi invited us to lay the foundation of this palace and I am happy to be part of the coronation anniversary and its commissioning.
“Kabiyesi should encourage Ikorodu people to use the Yoruba language, especially during occasions like these, as custodians of our culture and heritage, regardless of their social backgrounds.
“Many developed communities in the world make use of their local languages as a means of communication,” Obasa said.
In his welcome address, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Adegorushen V, Ayangburen of Ikorodu, commended residents and indigenes of the community for their support since his ascension to the throne as the paramount king of Ikorodu.
The monarch promised to work for the exploration of the community’s unharnessed potentials and see that the community evolves into a great city in Lagos State.
He added that the re-development of the palace was borne out of the necessity to enhance the status of Ikorodu.
See some photos from the event below.