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By: Ade Adeleke
It was a gathering of who is who in society as traditional rulers, community leaders and top government’s functionaries converged on Afin-Akoko, a remote community located at Akoko North-West local government area of Ondo State to celebrate the unveiling of the oldest man in the town, Pa Prince kilani Aderibigbe-Balogun.
At the ceremony held at the town, Pa Kilani was introduced over Hundred year-old new oldest man of Egunyin Oke/Eguyin-Odo of Afin Akoko, popularly known as “Opon ilu”.
According to a report, Pa Kilani celebrated his Centenarian Birthday few years ago before he was officially declared as the oldest man on Saturday April 13, 2019.
Addressing the gathering, the Commissioner for Natural Resources in Ondo State, Mr Rasheed Badmus who is also an indigene of Afin Akoko urged African people not to allow western civilization to erode their culture and tradition.
The Commissioner who represented Chief Ejigbo of Afin-Akoko, added that since “whitemen” didn’t drop their own life style and culture, Africans should hold-on to their tradition of celebrating elders.
Badmus prayed God to grant the new oldest man sound health to use his wealth of experience to move the town forward.
In a remark, a prominent traditional ruler, the Olubaka of Oka-Akoko, Oba Yusuf Adebori-Adeleye advised people to always honour the elders.
The monarch described Prince kilani Balogun as highly intelligent person who had initiated many good things that are beneficial to the citizenry.
The celebrant Pa kilani Balogun urged Nigerian government to do more for the elderly people particularly the pensioners to live a good life at old age.
The son of the new opon, Alhaji Ibrahim kilani who is also the National Organising Secretary, Ansar ud deen society of Nigeria, described his father as a selfless hardworking and honest man who spent his days to promote the growth of Afin Akoko and humanity.
Dignitaries at the event included the Alauga of Auga-Akoko, Oba samuel Agunloye; Ikare police area commander, Assistant commissioner of police Razak Rauf and Alhaji Basiru Aminu Chairman Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Akoko among others while Mr Muraina Kilani of Police Secondary School, Ita-Ogbolu in Akure North Council area is among the oldest man’s children.