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El-Rufai bags traditional Yoruba title

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Former governor of Kaduna, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has been conferred with the chieftaincy title of Gbobaniyi of Ijebuland.

Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland on Saturday, conferred the prestigious title on Elrufai.

Mr El-Rufai is said to be the first Nigerian outside the Southwest region to receive a chieftaincy title from the Awujale of Ijebuland in his nearly 64-year reign.

However, while expressing his delight on the installation, Elrufai tweeted on his official X handle, “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.”

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