The undiluted joy that laminated the Ijesaland on the proclamation of the University of Ilesa by His Excellency Adegboyega Oyetola could not be over-emphasized.
In a paid full-page advertisement in the PUNCH newspaper, applauding the Governor, twenty-six Ijesa Royal Fathers, thirty-five Ijesa leaders, and eleven versatile societies endorsed the advert because of the good gesture.
According to the advert,’’ within minutes, the resounding reverberation of the good news has reached the uttermost part of the world’’.
‘’Your commitment towards giving a University to the illustrious sons and daughters of Ijesaland is stupefying and highly momentous’’
‘’To each and every Ijesa, there is absolutely no duty that is urgent than to express our deep heart of gratitude for making history in your time and it will be out of place to express our gratitude with moderation.’’
‘’Your Excellency, our appreciation to you is the highest form of our thoughts, your noble effort of turning the ancestry longings of Ijesaland into reality will be engraved as a memorial in the hearts of generations to come.’’
The Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba(Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran 11, Cfr, LLD, all Traditional Rulers, Ijesa leaders, Presidents and Chairmen of Pan-Ijesa Societies, and the entire Ijesaland are wholeheartedly thankful to your Excellency, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, the Governor of Osun State for this priceless gesture.’’ ‘’Thank you for giving the University to our dear land, the statement added’’
Among the Royal fathers who endorsed the advert are HRM, Oba Moses Agunsoye, Elegboro of Ijebu- jesa, HRM Oba Festus Awwogboro, Alademure of Ibokun, HRM Oba Hezekiah Owalola, Adimula of Ifewara, HRM, Oba Omisade Agboluaje, Oloja of Ibodi and many others.
Others are Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi, Asiwaju of Ijesaland, Chief Akin Akinola, Sawe of Ilesa, Amb. Dapo Fafowora, Chief Olatunde Aluko, Saasere of Ilesa and many more.
Also, among the Pan- Ijesa societies are the Elders Forum, Chief Akin Akinola, Prof. Duro Oni, President, Ijesa Society, Lagos, and Prof. Olu Obi, President, Egbe Atunluse, Ile-Ijesa.