Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Torungbuwa II (the Second); your Royal Highness.

Today we are witnesses to a rare historic event of monumental importance for the people of Remo and for the Yoruba race; the installation and coronation of the Akarigbo of Remo, the paramount ruler of Remoland.

Through the ages, this throne has proved to be a bastion of freedom, hope and egalitarianism. From the days of its founding, when men fleeing from the jihad of Uthman Dan Fodio, and the collapse of the Oyo Empire, were offered succour and safety on this very land upon which we stand today.

It is from this throne that some of the most significant ideas on the development of Remo emerged. And it is here that the culture and ethos of the Remo person is defined and propagated. Here is the sum and substance of who we are as a people. The throne of the Akarigbo has long represented the attributes of justice, enterprise and integrity. Very few have the love of the Remo man for fairness and justice.

And so we, the people of Remo, are fortunate. Our Akarigbo combines disciplines of law, accountancy and commerce, being an accomplished accountant and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. We could not have made a better choice.

Kabiyesi, we are all proud of your unblemished career in both professions and your outstanding successes. We are confident that your sterling attributes will benefit the governance of Remo land and its great people.

On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the people of Nigeria, I congratulate you on your preferment to this illustrious throne and your coronation as the 19th Akarigbo of Remo land.

This extraordinary honour done to your Royal Majesty by the traditions and acceptance of our people undoubtedly comes with a huge burden of responsibility. This is the task of galvanizing the Remo people, for the great task of developing our towns and villages. This is a land of incredibly gifted men and women, from the professions to the arts and politics. Your reign must mark the coming together of all sons and daughters of Remo to take this historic land to its rightful place in the 21st century.

Your pedigree, commitment to our people and avowed trust in the power and grace of God, gives us great hope and confidence that you will exceed all expectations. Permit me your Royal Majesty, to say a word of prayer for you as you ascend the coveted throne of your fathers.

I pray that Remo and its people will prosper in your reign; I pray that the Almighty God will hear and answer all your prayers for this land; that the hand of God will be upon you to guide and direct you daily. Your days will be longer than anyone who has sat upon this throne, and as your days so shall your strength, your wisdom and your favour be with God; in Jesus name.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
07 December 2017