The ADC House of Representatives member representing Yagba East, Yagba West and Mopamuro Federal Constituency , Hon. Leke Joseph Abejide has been conferred with the Chieftaincy Title of the ASIWAJU YORUBA KANO by HIS HIGHNESS, OBA YORUBA KANO (SARKIN YARABAWA, KANO), ALHAJI (ENGR.) MURTALA ALIMI OTISESE (ADETIMIRIN-1)
According to Hon. Leke Joseph Abejide ” It will be an understatement to say that I am humbled, honoured and ecstatic to be conferred with the Chieftaincy Title of the ASIWAJU YORUBA KANO by no less than HIS HIGHNESS, OBA YORUBA KANO (SARKIN YARABAWA, KANO), ALHAJI (ENGR.) MURTALA ALIMI OTISESE (ADETIMIRIN-1) on behalf of the entire Yoruba, Oba-in-Council and the Yoruba Community, Kano.
I have lived and managed a business in Kano for 30years, indeed Kano is a centre of commerce, one of the largest and most prosperous city.
I will like us to reminisce on the fact that from time immemorial the city of Kano has been the epicenter of hospitality welcoming diverse races, colours and peoples from all walks of life who live harmoniously together. It is for this reason that Kano today is one of the largest
and most prosperous commercial centre in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Basking in the city’s warmth and cosmopolitan euphoria the Yoruba
community of Kano (among other Nigerian ethnicities) is enjoying immense and unprecedented level of harmonious relationship which is in turn the catalyst for the great economic contribution of the Yoruba Community that we are today witnessing.
I am pleased to say that I have spent almost my entire adult life in Kano State where God who led me by the hand enabled me to build formidable businesses with interest in Shipping, Logistics, and Oil & Gas. As Chairman of Abyem
Diva Group, headquartered in Kano I have more than 200 staff in my
companies’ employ. I am currently on a National Assignment which
has taken me away from my day-to-day activities in Kano to Abuja to be a Member of the House of Representatives representing Yagba East, Yagba West and Mopamuro Federal Constituency of Kogi State. And by the grace of
God and the love of the Speaker of the House I am today the Chairman, House Committee on Customs & Excise.
I appreciate the honour bestowed on me by HIS HIGHNESS’s on my conferment as the ASIWAJU YORUBA KANO it is truly humbling and a great honour. It is humbling in the light of the fact that the Yoruba race is one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria, and also that Yoruba race extends beyond Nigeria’s borders to other West African Countries in scattered groups in Northern Togo and Benin. This truly brings to light the value of our convergence, particularly, in Kano. I also take this Honour as triple feather to my cap as by the grace of God and the benevolence of my people I am the ASIWAJU OF YAGBA LAND (comprising the 71 towns and villages of Yagba East LGA, Yagba West LGA and Mopamuro LGA in Kogi State), and the ASIWAJU OF ALU KINGDOM (my native home town).
On this note I pray that God Almighty will grant my desires for prosperity and harmonious co-existence of the Yoruba among themselves and among other ethnic groups. KI ELEDUMARE KI O
RAN GBOGBO AWA OMO YORUBA LOWO, KI O SI JE KI ILU KANO
TU WA LARA.
I commend the Kano State Government, headed by the Executive Governor of
Kano State, HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR ABDULLAHI UMAR
GANDUJE, the Emir of Kano and Chairman Central Council of Emirs of Kano State, ALHAJI AMINU ADO BAYERO, for keeping and ensuring
harmonious co-existence between and among the various ethnic groups in Kano.
My appreciation goes to HIS HIGHNESS, OBA YORUBA KANO
(SARKIN YARABAWA, KANO), ALHAJI (ENGR.) MURTALA ALIMI
OTISESE (ADETIMIRIN-1), the OBA-IN-COUNCIL and the ENTIRE
DESCENDANTS OF ODUDUWA IN KANO.
Thank you, and May Almighty God continue to bless us. Amen. “