Babalakin spoke yesterday at the coronation of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi.
As chairman of the occasion, the erudite lawyer, hailed Iwo people for choosing a very educated and exposed king through a rancour-free process.
His words: “We have a big challenge in Osun. I don’t believe there’s any state with as many cities as Osun in Nigeria. This places a great challenge on us to utilize our population and diversity to our advantage.”
Babalakin urged the people to work with the government to harness Osun’s potentials.
At the event were Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state; his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, among others.
Meanwhile, Osun State House of Assembly has called on the new Oluwo of Iwoland to ensure peaceful coexistence, community development, security and improved economy not only for the people of the town but also the entire state.
The Assembly made the call yesterday in a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, to congratulate the monarch on his coronation and presentation of staff of office.
Oba Abdul-Rasheed assumed the throne about three years after the demise of his predecessor, the late Oba Asiru Olatunbosun Tadese, who died on February 18, 2013.
The Assembly which stressed that Iwo is known for cattle rearing and abattoir management, urged the monarch to promote the venture and modernise it. It also urged him to explore landmarks and tourism potentials in the ancient town.