The day Afenifere leader took Mimiko, Boroffice, others to Oka-Akoko

By Dayo Johnson, Akure
OKA- Akoko in Akoko South-West area of  Ondo State  stood still as the Secretary General of the pan -Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, and wife were conferred with the chieftaincy titles of the Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of Okaland.
All roads led to the town as the high and low came from all walks of life to celebrate with the Arogbofas  whose installation coincided with this year’s “Oka Day Festival”.
Arogbofa,  according to the traditional ruler, the Olubaka of Oka, Oba Adebori Adeleye, deserved the title because, in 1963, while other graduates migrated from the town to the cities for white collar jobs, he remained in Oka-Akoko  where many social amenities were lacking.
“While others went to Lagos and Ibadan where there were good roads, potable water, electricity and  other amenities that make life comfortable and pleasant, Basorun Arogbofa stayed in Oka to take appointment as a teacher,” the monarch said.
“He is by this honour today reaping the fruit of his labour sowed over 50 years ago.”
Adeleye described Arogbofa as “ a real community leader and mobiliser”.
“When  the history of this town is written, Arogbofa’s name would not be missing. He is part of..
the development of this town.”
The traditional ruler listed some of the projects Arogbofa helped to bring  to Oka-Akoko to include hospital and post office.
The ceremony was attended by Governor Olusegun Mimiko and many notable sons and daughters of the town.
Mimiko was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, from Akokoland, while many monarchs in the area, the Asiwaju of Akokoland, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, and members of  the state and national assemblies graced the occasion.
The Akoko traditional rulers were unanimous that the receipient of the chieftaincy title was due for it following his contributions to the growth of the town and the state in general.
The special guest of honour at the occasion and a former National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu congratulated the town for having such an illustrious son whose main concern is to serve humanity.
The Chairman of Oka Day, Elder Alfred Omosola, said Arogbofa’s selfless service to Oka-Akoko qualified him for the Asiwaju title.
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard after the ceremony, Arogbofa  expressed optimism that the report of the National Conference will be implemented if President Buhari finds the time to read it.