The newly installed monarch in the ancient Iwo town in Osun, Western Nigeria, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdur-Rasheed Akanbi has been admonished to lead by example.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola said this at the formal presentation of staff of office and instrument of appointment to the Oluwo of Iwo following three months of pre-coronation rituals.
Aregbesola noted that leadership naturally comes with certain privileges and a good leader must convert privileges to resources of governance.
He also enjoined the monarch to rule with wisdom and the fear of God, noting that the people over who he presides over, are diverse politically, ideologically, temperamentally, socially and by moral disposition.
“Not all of them will readily agree with you and many of them will say or do things you will consider abhorrent. But they are all your subjects and you are required to preside over them with tact and wisdom in a way that will enable you to get the best out of them.
A leader must be a unifying factor and must never constitute a divisive agent. According to a Yoruba saying:There are two kings whose reign will never be forgotten. These are the king whose reign is peaceful and the one whose reign is characterised by turmoil. May your reign be peaceful and usher in prosperity for the people in the realm”.
The Governor also advised indigenes to fulfil their civic duties by paying taxes saying, ‘the first basic requirement for any citizen to make demands from the government is the fulfilment of their civic responsibility to the government by payment of taxes.’
In his acceptance speech, the Oluwo joined the call by the governor by calling on citizens to promptly pay their taxes.
He said it is only through tax that state and the communities will witness tremendous progress.
“This was not the situation in the past as our fathers used to fulfil their obligation to government and thus expected good governance.”
Must we then turn away from taxes and at the same time expect wonders from the government?”
The Oluwo promised to use his reign to pursue development and economic liberation of his people, just as he pledged to advocate for the massive utilisation of locally sourced materials for the production of articles and goods that are massively consumed by the people.