El-Rufai becomes first non-Yoruba to get chieftaincy title from Awujale

Nasir El-Rufai at installation as Gbobaniyi of Ijebuland

Awujale of Ijebuland Oba Sikiru Adetona on Saturday installed former governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai as the Gbobaniyi of Ijebuland.

El-Rufai is the first non-Yoruba to receive a chieftaincy title from the Awujale in his nearly 64-year reign.

The ex-governor wrote on X late Friday that he was grateful to the monarch for the honour.

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“I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, the 16th of December 2023, His Royal Majesty Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona the Paramount Ruler and Awujale of Ijebuland will honour my brother and confidante Otunba Jimi Lawal with two chieftaincy titles for his contributions to the Ijebu Kingdom and Nigeria, along with his wife Maryam Lawal.

“I also am privileged to be the first Nigerian outside of South-West of Nigeria to be conferred with a chieftaincy title by the Awujale in his nearly 64-year reign.

“I am to be recognised as the Gbobaniyi of Ijebuland. I am grateful to Kabiyesi Awujale for the recognition and thank all those who have wished me well for this,” he wrote.