Following the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Osun State Council of Obas has been polarised over who takes over the position of the permanent chairman of the council.
Barely one month into the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Osun State Council of Obas has been polarised over who takes over the position of the permanent chairman of the council.
The Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the Orangun of Ila-Orangun, Oba Abduwahab Adedotun Bibire 11 are presently involved in altercation over the chairmanship issue .
Speaking with journalists at Ila-Orangun, Oba Abdulwahab Adedotun Bibire 11, condemned Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, a co-Deputy Chairman of the council for arrogating to himself the acting chairman of the council in an advertorial placed in some newspapers to console the people of Ile-Ife over the demise of their king.
Orangun of Ila accompanied by other traditional rulers from Osun Central and Osun West Senatorial Districts of the state including Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Olatunde Olabomi, Olokuku of Okuku, Oba Ibironke, Elerin of Erin-Osun, Oba Yusuf Omoloye among others said the action of Oba Aromolaran was illegal, unconstitutional and capable of distorting historical facts about traditional rulers in Yorubaland.
In the said advertorial, Oba Aromolaran was said to have erroneously name the council of Oba as Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers, which Orangun said there was no such council in place in the state. His words: “Reference of Oba Gabriel Aromolaran, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland describing himself as Acting Chairman is not only an error but a deliberate action meant to rewrite the history of the institution of Obas in Yorubaland.
“It is a known fact that Orangun of Ila takes precedence over Owa of Ilesa and no overt or covert mischief can sufficiently subvert historical fact, in this respect.
While the late Oba Sijuwade was the Permanent Chairman and the position was officially proclaimed by government, the arrogation of the position of Acting Chairman on the Owa Obokun by himself is to say the least illegal, if in fact the “Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers is deemed to have been.
“I am surprised to have found the name of Orangun of Ila below that of Owa Obokun in the publication which must have sent wrong information to millions of Nigerians. “There is no iota of truth in the false claim of Owa Obokun who may be at best next to the Orangun of Ila in the Osun State Council of Obas.
While stating that historical position of Orangun of Ila is well known in the hierarchy of the children of Oduduwa throughout Yorubaland both in and outside Nigeria. By Yoruba culture ascension to any position of authority is purely a matter of tradition.
Oba Adedotun said that the state government does not take precedence over Orangun of Ila accusing Owa Obokun, Oba Aromolaran of attempting to bastardize and subvert facts on the ranking of Obas in the State. He added that the Orangun of Ila is the first son of Oduduwa adding that the action Oba Aromolaran took was on his own and not backed with any authority.
– Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo