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Why Awujale deserves GCON honour, Tinubu explains

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President Bola Tinubu has revealed why the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, deserves to be festooned with the title of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

Tinubu said Oba Adetona played a crucial role in fighting for democracy in Nigeria between 1993 and 1999 when the military juntas reigned.

The president stated that the second highest national honour conferred on the venerated monarch was to celebrate dignity, courage and honour.

A statement on Friday by Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Communications, revealed this.

It also said that the Federal Government would adopt Oba Adetona’s policy school for effectual output.

President Tinubu announced this during a ceremony to mark Awujale’s 90th birthday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.

Commending the monarch’s legacy of education, the President said, “We are celebrating courage, dignity, honour, and a life wholly committed to duty and service.

“He (Awujale) stood his ground and confronted injustice and oppression during our struggle for democracy between 1993 and 1999. If democracy is blossoming today, it is because patriarchs like Oba Adetona stood firmly on the side of the people.”

He added, “To ensure the knowledge production and intellectual output of the post-graduate school benefit the entire country, NIPSS will take over the running and management of Oba Sikiru Adetona School of Governance Studies.”

Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, noted Oba’s transcendental status and commitment to service throughout his 64-year reign.

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