The newly-installed Oba Afolabi Olaoye on Thursday entered the palace in Ogbomoso to begin his reign.
This happened after he performed the final series of traditional rites to become the 30th Soun of Ogbomoso land.
The rites marked the end of the compulsory seven-day seclusion for the new traditional ruler, who visited some historical compounds in the town.
Clad in a golden agbada with a white royal cap and a pair of black shoes, Oba Olaoye held the white horsewhip.
The whip was given to him at the “Abata” shrine, where all the past Soun of Ogbomoso were laid to rest.
On arrival at the back gate of the palace, he performed a rite while surrounded by the kingmakers and other subjects.
An indigene, who is familiar with the traditions of Ogbomoso and who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ritual was .to ensure peaceful and long reign.
The new Soun later danced to several traditional local tunes provided by drummers for some minutes, before proceeding to other rites inside the palace.
High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin, the Areago of Ogbomoso land, led other kingmakers to perform the installation.
He proclaimed Olaoye as “His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, the Orumogege III and the 30th Soun of Ogbomoso”.
In his remarks at the palace, Mr Gbile Akanni, the Coordinator of Peace House, urged the traditional ruler to live above board by exhibiting exemplary conduct in administering the town.
The cleric who backed his remarks with Biblical verses said the people of Ogbomoso expect the traditional ruler to be a true custodian of tradition, culture and values.
”You are to display a high level of decorum and avoid any form of covetous attitude.”
He pledged the loyalty of the sons and daughters of Ogbomoso, as well as other residents, to the throne in maintaining peace in the town.
Akanni urged all to see the issue of security as a responsibility of all and urged them to continue to co-exist in peace.
Addressing the crowd, the new Soun of Ogbomoso land, thanked everyone for their love and support and assured them that a new light was set to shine on the town.
He pleaded with all sons and daughters, both at home and in the diaspora, to return home and contribute their quota to the development of the town.
”This is a new dawn in the town and factories shall flood the town to ensure that sons and daughters of the town no longer beg for jobs as there would be enough to accommodate them.
“It is God that sent me and asked me to make sure I give you a new Ogbomoso land to make the town a new brand in the comity of its peers.
“The much-awaited development has started immediately. Factories are coming, not just one, but in several folds.
“It won’t be that you will be crying for employment henceforth, because it is already here with us in Ogbomoso.
“I don’t talk much, but I assure you that you will henceforth be seeing action that will give everyone a fresh hope and that will make everybody proud of coming from this town called Ogbomoso.
“I want to thank everybody for the acceptability and your show of love since I was announced till this moment and I pray that we shall all be living witnesses to our new Ogbomoso land,” Oba Olaoye said.