Otunba Gani Adams Chieftaincy title ceremony in Badagry
The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams was yesterday conferred with the Chieftaincy title of AWHANNUKONGAN (Asiwaju Ogun of Badagry)by the Akran of Badagry as part of activities to celebrate the 40 years coronation anniversary of De Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi, The Akran of Badagry.
At the ceremony which held inside the Palace of Oba Akran, the prominent monarch stated that the reason Otunba Adams was offered the chieftaincy was in recognition of the laudable contributions of Otunba Gani Adams to the promotion of tourism sector in Badagry through Olokun Festival Foundation which yearly organize Olokun Festival for almost fifteen years.
The antecedent of Otunba Adams as a fearless freedom fighter, according to a white cap Chief Onusekan Gbewa l , the Jengen of Badagry is part of the reason he is so being recognized. To him the Chieftaincy title is long over due because of his laudable efforts to the growth and development of Badagry but God’s time is the best.
Addressing Adams, he said “am aware that you have been given more than 46 chieftaincy in different places in Yorubaland, I pray to God that you will be given the mother of all chieftaincy titles in Nigeria which all of us will come and celebrate with you soon.
Another member of Badagry Council of Chiefs, White cap chief Adesine Hundogan Agoloto of Badagry, in his speech revealed that with the grace of God, during the period that Gani Adams started celebrating Olokun festival in Badagry, Federal Government and Lagos State Government have discovered crude oil in many places in Badagry making Lagos part of oil producing states.
Chief Abiodun Whedoku Patinvoh, the Baale of Yafin also told Otunba Gani Adams that he should always count on the support of the good people of Badagry in all his progressive endeavors especially the ones that has to do with the promotion of culture.
In his acceptance speech, Otunba Gani Adams thanked Oba Akran and the council of chiefs for giving such an important chieftaincy title to him despite the fact that he is not an indigine of Badagry. He promised that he will not betray the trust bestowed on him by the people of Badagry promising that what ever connection and influence he has that will be useful to boost the development of Badagry community, he will not hesitate to do so.