Diligence, dedication, and vision are great values. Because Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, embodies these values, he is making progress with his people. Makinde is so effective that his success is attracting the admiration of prestigious individuals from other states in Nigeria. The title of Jagunmolu of Ondo Kingdom is the latest token of this admiration.
The good people of Oyo cannot be prouder of their governor than they are at the moment. Pride is the only way to express their hearts at the decision of the Osemawe and Paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Adesimbo to install Makinde as the Jagunmolu of Ondo Kingdom.
The monarch’s conferment ceremony coincided with his 17th coronation ceremony and 70th birthday. Adding Makinde’s new chieftaincy title to the double celebration, Oba Adesimbo recognised the governor’s contributions to Oyo and the Southwest in general. With the additional highlight of a book launch in honour of the king, the celebration was very colourful.
Makinde’s new title is well-deserved by every indication and good sense. Since coming into power, the man has committed himself to good governance, doing nothing less than his best to meet the expectations of his people.
All of Makinde’s accomplishments tie directly to the promises he made to the Oyo people. These include the provision of safe, adequate, and efficient transport infrastructure; the revitalisation of rural economies, with a cycle-system of empowerment and patronage; social inclusion for women and formerly marginalised groups; and many more.
As many people have declared, Makinde’s uncomplicated style of governance is a model that his peers should emulate. He is not only the spark of hope for many in Oyo or the South-west; the other states and regions in Nigeria can greatly benefit from copying him. Perhaps, when that happens, virtuous traditional leaders like Oba Adesimbo would recognize the good work of Makinde’s peers.