Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Alaafin Condemns Open Combat between Yoruba Obas

Oyo monarch, Alaafin of OyoOba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (III) has warned Obas and Chiefs in Yorubaland to desist from engaging in open physical combat, describing it as a disgrace to the institution.

Recently, two monarchs in Ogun State, Olu of Itori, Oba Akorede Akano and Baale Lapeleke, Adisa Akinremi engaged in such public disgrace as it was about three years ago between Onigboho of Igboho, Oba John Oyetola Bolarinwa and his counterpart from Igbope during the traditional meeting at Oorelope Local Government area in Igboho.

Speaking at 2012 Igbope Day celebration and N250m Development fund raising at the weekend, Oba Adeyemi described as taboo in Yorubaland for any traditional ruler to be involved in physical battle.

Alaafin who said it was a desecration of the Yoruba culture and tradition for Obas to engage in public brawl adding that in 1909, the British government praised the ingenuity of the Yorubas and their rich culture and tradition as exemplified by the cabinet system of government which was in place then.

On the supremacy contest between Igboho and Igbope, Oba Adeyemi maintained that Igbope is a separate and independent town, never at anytime under Igboho, adding, that the matter had been argued in the law court for 37 years and the case was won by Igbope.

The Oyo monarch charged the people of the two communities to live in peace and cooperate with one another for the progress and development of the area.

Stressing the importance of security to progress and development of any society, the monarch urged the people to cooperate and support the administration of governor Ajimobi by maintaining peace and order in the area.

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