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Day Kuta Stood Still For Gen Tukur Buratai

Oba Makama & Gen. Buratai

The itinerant drummers were humming and drumming. Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Majesty  Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosun 111, was moving round the new palace, inspecting everywhere to ensure that all is set. Occasionally, he will dashed out of the palace with his guards and the drummers. It was the day set for the commissioning of his new palace and the Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede bridge constructed by the Army Engineer, Ede. It was one of the numerous military/civil relation efforts of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai. He’s the army chief that helped to break the jinx associated with the bridge over  Osun River which has been ‘crying’ for construction for decades. Oba Makama was the initiator. He’s the Royal father with the Midas touch and slender arms full of kindness. He’s generous to a fault. In fact, he has turned the ancient town to tourist attractions because of the development strides witnessed under his kingship.

As the Lexus SUV Jeep that conveyed  Gen Buratai screeched to a halt at the palace and the army General sauntered out, those who had been doubting if he could make it to Kuta roared into a heavy shout of Buratai! Buratai! as the army chief walked into the newly reconstructed Olowu palace with his entourage.

L-R Gen Buratai, Olowu , Oyetola & other dignitaries

From the Director of Army Policy, Lt Gen. Lamidi Adeosun to the General officer Commanding 2 Division Ibadan, Major Gen. JT Malu and Maj General Bature who’s in charge of military/ civil relations and other generals, his entourage was full of military top brass.

Olowu’s Palace

After the ceremony at the palace, Olowu, Buratai and Governor of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola and other Kabiyesis , top politicians and technocrats moved to Commission the Bailey Bridge. It was an eventful day. As the SUVs and the Coaster  Bus  that conveyed Olowu, Buratai, Oyetola and Others meander through the towns and settlements, the whole area was agog with drumming and celebrating one of the several achievements of Gen. Buratai across the six geo-Political zones. 

Oba Makama savouring the joy of the day

Thereafter, Gen. Buratai proceeded to Ashamu town to Commission the Cottage Hospital that was facilitated by Gen. Adeosun, who’s from the town. Monday 14 , September, 2020, will forever remain indelible in the memory of the Ayedire local government in Osun West senatorial district of Osun state as the townspeople and people from the adjoining towns and villages retire to their homes, savouring the joy of development brought to the areas by Gen. Buratai as part of his military/civil relationship ingenuity.

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