February 23, 2024

The Market-Traders Group of Secretaries, an organization representing diverse market associations in Oyo State, emphatically calls for the official recognition of Princess Folashade Azeezat Abeo NURUDEEN as the legitimate Iyaloja General of Oyo State. This call comes following a resounding endorsement by a consortium of prominent royal institutions in Oyo State.

In a press statement issued on Friday evening, the Market-Traders Group of Secretaries extends counsel to a factional Ibadan Mogaji group, urging them to refrain from interfering in matters concerning the Iyaloja General of Oyo State, as this position is of paramount importance to all traders in the state and transcends regional boundaries.

The council of Obas, including the Olubadan, Alaafin, Olugbon, Soun, Aseyin, and the Oyo Oba Council, has officially coronated Princess Folashade Azeezat Abeo NURUDEEN as the Iyaloja General of Oyo State. It is emphasized that the ultimate authority on this issue lies with the state government.

During the process that led to the installation of Alhaji Yekini Abass as the Babaloja General Of Oyo State, various royal fathers in Oyo State, including the late Alaafin of Oyo, the late Soun of Ogbomosho, the late Aseyin of Iseyin, and the Olugbon Of Ile Igbon, sent in their consent. The same occurred during the installation of Princess Folashade Abeo Nurudeen as the de-facto Iyaloja General Of Oyo State by the late Alaafin, with the late Soun, and the late Olubadan, all of whom Ibadan Mogajis subscribed to their Imperial authority, sending their consent. The Market-Traders Group of Secretaries underscores the broad-based support for this appointment.

The Market-Traders Group of Secretaries advises the factional Ibadan Mogaji group to embrace unity and cooperation, rather than sowing discord. It is crucial to acknowledge that the position of Iyaloja General of Oyo State should rotate among the various regions of the state to ensure equity and fairness. The group insists that the state government, as the final authority on this matter, should promptly recognize Princess Abeo Azeezat Nurudeen as the legitimate Iyaloja General Of Oyo State.

The Secretaries further encourage all groups and stakeholders to focus on the growth, development, and unity of Oyo traders, rather than engaging in personal attacks and divisive actions. They express gratitude to those leaders and officials who have worked to unite traders and promote their common interests.

The spokesperson for the Market-Traders Group of Secretaries, Alhaji Kabiru Oladipupo, supported by various market association secretaries, conveys this appeal on behalf of all market groups. The group earnestly implores His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, to officially recognize Princess Folashade Azeezat Abeo NURUDEEN as the rightful and legitimate Iyaloja General of Oyo State.

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