Ibadan Week: CCII honours Olonisakin’s wife,Makinde, Akintola and others.
The head of the Aboderin family in Ibadan, Chief Olutunde Aboderin, on Thursday commended the choice of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes for this year’s award ceremony, which held as part of the 2018 Ibadan Week.
Among the awardees are Omobolanle, wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, the All Progressives Congress governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); a member of the Peoples Democratic Party who is also gunning for the state governorship seat, Seyi Makinde; a former minister and immediate past chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Nike Akande; Deputy Governor (Operations), Central Bank of Nigeria, Bayo Adelabu; and the National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Alogba Olukoya.
The CCII President General, Chief Yemi Soladoye, said that the recipients were worthy of the award because of their contributions to humanity.
In his speech at the event, Aboderin said the new CCII executive under Soladoye had taken Ibadan Week celebration to a new height with the status of the chosen awardees.
He said, “The new administration is building on what the past one has done with innovations to make sure that Ibadan is taken to a new height. The awardees of this event are of high calibre. I am thrilled to see young professors from Ibadan being awarded.
“Providence has put people like Olonisakin’s wife into prominence. By extension, she can be an example to Ibadan women that when you are placed in a top position, you can hold your own whatever the position of your husband in the society is.”
Earlier before receiving the award, Mrs. Olonisakin, who is the President of the Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, had visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, in his palace. She also visited the Jesus Kids Home for the Disabled, Monatan, Ibadan where she called on the rich to support the less privileged children.
At the venue of the award, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who also praised the CCII for the choice of the awardees, stressed that they were true Nigerians who deserved being recognised.
The governor enjoined the people of the state not to politicise every celebration, noting that events like the Ibadan cultural celebration should be devoid of every form of politics because according to him, it was an avenue to celebrate the people and their culture.
Soladoye said wealth acquisition and position in the society were not used to select the awardees but their attributes which he said were worthy of emulation.