This week’s Thursday, April 12, 2018 marked the first anniversary of HRM Alayeluwa Oba Oladele Idris Friday Kosoko’s ascension to the throne as the Oniworo of Iworo Kingdom. In this interview with Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, Oba Kosoko, (Ogundeyi 11), a former House of Representatives member and chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State said his political background and relationship with government have helped him to function more effectively as a royal father. Excerpts

Before your ascension to this royal throne exactly one year ago, you were one of the political leaders in Lagos State. As an All Progressives Congress chieftain, you are also expected to be partisan but as a traditional ruler, you are expected to be father of all. How are you dealing with this conflict considering your deep interest in politics?

There is no conflict here. Such conflict can only occur to those who are not lettered in the disciplines of politics and governance. In fact, you can’t rule out politics from governance at all levels. Let me give you an example, if my son wants to contest an election for a position in government, should I deny him my blessing and support just because I am a royal father? At the point he needs my support, should I say, no, a royal father is not supposed to be involved in politics?  No, that is not the role of a father. That is not the role of a royal father, who is in fact, the father of all. Let me tell you that the advice and counsel of…

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