*ISANLU PROGRESSIVE UNION (IPU) – INAUGURATION OF NEW EXECUTIVES*
SATURDAY 25TH JULY, 2020.
All road led to Isanlu Yagba East LGA on Saturday 25th of July, 2020. It was a double celebration conjugated for her annual New Yam festival and the ceremonial induction that ushered in, the new executives of Isanlu Progressive Union to office, the inauguration was conducted by His Royal Majesty Oba Moses Babatunde Etombi the Agbana of Isanlu Kingdom and Chairman YELGTC.
SSA to Kogi State Governor on Security Issues incharge of Yagba East LGA, Hon. Abdulwakil Olorunjuwon Sule was honourably present.
Obas from the seventeen (17) communities in Isanlu Kingdom were royally present.
HRM Oba Etombi acknowlege the sacrifices and meritorious services rendered by the outgone IPU executives. He said community service is more rewarding and less gratified. Gifts and Certificates of recognition was presented to them. Mr. Friday Ayo Oni, old lPU President remarked with thanks for the privilege to serve their fatherland.
His Majesty also extol the virtues of the new Excos since they took the mantle of leadership and responsibility in overseeing affairs of their offices in Isanlu Kingdom. Oaths of allegiance was sworn to by the executives to discharge their duties with sincerity of purpose.
The incumbent IPU National President, Pastor Adedayo Kayode in his speech eulogize HRM whom he called ‘digital Oba’ for his unmitigated and aggressive initiative to resuscitate the decades/prolonged comatose state of uncoordinated style of annual Day/Yam festival to ensure Isanlu Kingdom enjoys unified and consolidated festivals henceforth. He added that very soon in this digital age, IPU President seat will begin to emanate from their sons in abroad. (full version of his speech on PDF)
He also thanked some sons of Isanlu for their financial contribution for the procurement of computer accessories for an upcoming community ‘project’.
He said IPU is fully ready to identify with government of the day and whatever is benefitted would be lodged in the union’s treasury.
He promise that the IPU Excos are ready to accomodate advise and constructive critics from the people who entrust them with the post, for execution.
Pastor Adedayo Kayode aligned with SSA Security in Yagba East, Hon. Abdulwakil on youths’ involvement in security matters of Isanlu Kingdom.
Hon. Abdulwakil Sule advised that apart from what the State Government may offer, there can be Isanlu Security Trust Fund by levying stakeholders at each community to cater for local hunters/security apparatus. He urged the Oba of Irunda Ile to be more security conscious about alien in his community.
HRM Oba Moses Babatunde Etombi resolved that:
(1) any Chief that fails to perform Chieftaincy rites at a space of one and a half year will be considered as not interested hence relieve from office.
(2) before Chieftaincy title can be bestowed on anyone, tangible and significant impact of such person must have been felt in Isanlu Kingdom.
(3) next year and hence, after consulting and appealing with heads of communities in the land, there shall no more be disparity of date of Yam festival but unified on last Saturday of every July.
(4) hence Isanlu Annual Day shall be Isanlu Annual Week. Consecutive three (3) days shall be set aside for varieties of celebrations and jubilation.
(5) subsequently more feminine gender will be inculcated to IPU executives plus the existing four.
Venerable Ayo Moses presented short history about the origination of Yam festival in Isanlu Kingdom.
His Majesty beseech everyone that hence they should be in white attires on ‘IJEMU DAY’ and urge his people to adhere jealously with high esteem Isanlu culture and heritage which is in two parallel lines with religion.
Folasade Jethro Atteh