The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has felicitated with Sodiq Oyeleke, the Public Relations Officer of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, on the occasion of his marriage solemnisation recently in Lagos.
The monarch, who was represented by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of Ooni’s Palace, Mr Moses Olafare, described Oyeleke as a dependable and true ally of the palace, adding that he started the “Journalists Forum” in Ile-Ife.
“Sodiq is a young man, who is very responsible; he founded the Forum and coordinated it throughout his stay in Ife and virtually all the journalists in Ife are members of the forum,” the Royal father said.
He urged the bride’s groom to remain steadfast with the profession he has been dedicated to saying “but not to the detriment of his marriage”.
Also speaking, representative of the Punch Newspaper, Mr Bakare Agboola described Oyeleke as an outstanding professional who exhibited the highest degree of diligence throughout the time he spent as the Punch reporter.
“Sodiq is a very responsible man, who doesn’t take his job for a play at any time.
“He is a goal getter and always wants the best for the organisation he works for. So, I’m happy to celebrate him today and wish him the in his marriage life,” Agboola said.
The bridegroom, a seasoned journalist with The Daily Independent Newspaper got married to his heartthrob, Nuriyah Oyebanji, a graduate of Agricultural Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
Meanwhile, the Amir, MSSN Lagos, Dr Saheed Ashafa, described the bridegroom as a goal getter, noting that he was exemplary in using his professional expertise and influence in the development of Islam.
“He is somebody, who I enjoy working with; he knows how to manage people effectively.
“Oyeleke is a youth, who has a great vision that he works towards every day. He is very committed, does all his works very well. We are happily celebrating him today,” Ashafa said.
The nikah solemnisation was administered by many Muslim Clerics with reflections and sermon on “Marriage as a Viable Institution for Social Peace.
The prevailing atmosphere of the reception was that of excitement. The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks delivered by the apparently elated bride’s groom.
In his appreciation remark, Oyeleke thanked Almighty Allah, families and friends for making the marriage a success as he said the wedding signified a new dispensation in his life.
The bride’s groom, a native of Kwara State, studied Mass Communication at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba and English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife.
By Miftaudeen Raji, Lagos