The Olofa of Offa , Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi , Esuwoye II, said on Sunday that his late father , Muhammed Esuwoye , threatened to curse him unless he accepted to contest the Olofa stool .He said his father forced him to contest the traditional stool of Offa town in Kwara.
Oba Gbadamosi said , “ You vowed to curse me if I failed to honour the call from the family to leave my business in Lagos to participate in the contest for the Olofa stool.
“ Out of fear and respect , I honoured your call ; and to the glory of almighty Allah, I am now the 24 th Olofa of Offa .
“ My dear father , I am proud of you , even in death . You were a source of inspiration to me and the family . ”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed ; the Kwara All Progressives Congress governorship candidate , Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq ; and a former Osun governor , Olagunsoye Oyinlola , attended the Fidau .
Monarchs including the Oluwo of Iwo land, Abdulrasheed Akanbi ; Olupo of Ajase Ipo , Oba Sikiru Atanda ; the Olomu of Omu -Aran , Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti ; Oba Saheed Elegushi from Lagos , among others , were also in attendance .
After the Fidau prayers led by the Chief Imam of Offa , Sheik Muyideen Salman, an Islamic cleric , Dr . Saidi Hussaini gave an exhortation .
He focused on the inevitability of death , life after death and the need to impact positively on people while alive .
The cleric , who used Olofa as example , underscored the need for people , especially the privileged, to impact positively on their parents , family , community and the poor in general .
Speaking with newsmen after the event , the Information and Culture Minister said the array of personalities at the event was an attestation of the influence of Olofa .
The minister said he was particularly touched by the humbling sermon of the cleric, which focused on life after death and the need to prepare for the journey and make amends while alive .
The deceased , born in 1933 , was a grandson of the 19 th Olofa of Offa , Oba Esuwoye I.