Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has lauded the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona for preserving and propagating the age long cultures and traditions of the people of Ijebuland in Ogun State.
The Governor, who was one of the Special Guests at the 2015 celebration of the annual Ojude Oba festival of Ijebuland, commended the Oba and the people of Ijebu for using their culture, as a rallying point for sons and daughters of the land at home and abroad and also as a unifying factor for Nigerians and even non Nigerians.
He expressed satisfaction with the wide acceptance of the ideals of the festival by the people, noting that, it has been made possible by the leadership style of the Awujale, who has continued to demonstrate deep rooted love and appreciation of the culture and tradition of the land.
Hon. Dickson also expressed gratitude to the Awujale, the Chiefs and people of Ijebuland for the invitation extended to him to participate in the Ojude Oba festival, stressing that, the honour will also strengthen the already existing bond of unity between the people of Bayelsa and Ogun States as well as the Ijaws and the Yorubas of the South-West.
Identifying himself with his great maternal root, Governor Dickson remarked that, he would always identify with the people of Ijebuland and continue to play his roles as a bridge builder and source of unity amongst the various ethnic divides of the Country.