itizens of Ayedire and Olaoluwa local government areas of Osun State yesterday stormed Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s office in Osogbo to protest alleged assault on the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi.
The protesters, who took to the major streets of Osogbo as earlier as 8a.m., before proceeding to the governor’s office, described the attack on Akindoro as disgusting.
The protesters, mostly chiefs, women and children, were armed with placards bearing different inscriptions such as: “We call for the suspension of Oluwo of Iwo for his inhuman attitude to our monarch,” “Oluwo of Iwo should be called to order by the concerned authorities,” “How can those supposed to be reverenced as a king, throw their dignity into the mud?” “Beating up our king by Oluwo should not go without being attended to by the state government and the Osun Council of Obas,” among others.
They called for Oluwo’s suspension through a petition presented to government.
The protesters said Akanbi’s action was against the tradition and culture of the Yoruba race.
Meanwhile, Osun State government described as unfortunate the face-off between Oba Akanbi and Oba Akinropo during a peace meeting at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama, last Friday.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said in a statement yesterday that government was aware that the State Traditional Council was looking into the matter.
The commissioner said that traditional rulers ought to protect and preserve the sacredness of traditional institutions.
Egbemode added that a situation where royal fathers engaged in public display of temperament did not edify the revered stools of their forebears.
She said: “We believe in the dignity of traditional stools and sacredness of royalty. We will continue to preach peace among all our citizens and harmonious relationship among our traditional rulers.
“Government is aware that the State Council of Traditional Rulers has stepped into the matter and we are confident that the council will take appropriate steps to preserve peaceful coexistence among the Obas in the state. We do not want any crisis in any part of the state.”
Meanwhile, Akanbi yesterday asked his critics to leave him to God and stop judging him on the social media.
The Oluwo said Nigerians, outside Iwoland, were ignorant of the true situation of things and the hardship some monarchs in their domains were inflicting on their subjects.
He said: “For those, who care to know the background to the Ologbagba’s arrogant attitude at the AIG Zone 11 peace meeting, I have decided to break my silence. What played out at peace meeting was a gang up to twist my hands backward and prevent me from defending these poor people they have continued to oppress with impunity. It was a case of the oppressor fighting back against the defender of the oppressed, their victims.”