The Olubara of Ibara kingdom, Oba Dr. Jacob Olufemi Omolade has been described as a revered royal father whose integrity and love for people of Ogun State is second to none.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun made the description while felicitating with the monarch on his 90th birthday celebration.
Governor Abiodun in his remarks during the thanksgiving service for the celebrant held at Chapel of Christ the Glorious King, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta thanked God for his grace, mercies and the gift of life for the celebrant.
Ably represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the governor noted that celebrating 90 years was a great milestone in the life of the monarch, praying to God Almighty to spare his life to celebrate more in the land of the living.
According to him: “Olubara is a well respected and highly cerebral king, a peace maker, respecter of the law, time conscious, a good father and a religious king.”
He however urged the octogenarian to continue his good deeds, engage in regular health check up, eat well and relax as he ages gracefully
Speaking on the topic ‘This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it’ read from the book of Psalm 118 vs 23 to 24, the Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of Egba West, Rt. Reverend Samuel Ogundeji said that celebrating birthday was one of the ways to remember what God has done for us and expressing gratitude to Him.
He noted that giving thanks to God is an act of worship and appreciating Him for His benevolence and grace upon our lives.
He urged the celebrant that as he continued in the journey of life, he should remember be patient, vigilant, prayerful, serve God truly, worry less, make all request known to God, be prayerful and do things that will bring succour to his people.
Dignitaries at the event included former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, fmr governors of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, fmr. governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola alongside both past and serving government functionaries.
Also present was the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; Agura of Gbagura, HRH, Oba Sabur Babajide Bakre; Olota of Ota, HRH, Oba Professor Abdulkabir Obalanlege, while Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, and Olowu of Owu were represented.