By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has cautioned the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III to limit himself to monarchical affairs in Oyo state and cease his alleged meddling in its inside affairs.
The council, in a letter dated March 14 2020, written and signed by its Chairman, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi to Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, known as on him to cease Oba Adeyemi from his ‘undue Intereference’ within the inside affairs of Ekiti Obas.
A replica of the five-page letter entitled: ‘Request To Stop Undue Intereference of His Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in the Internal Affairs of Ekiti Obas’ and sighted by our reporter, indicated the warning was in response to Alafin’s alleged undue interference into the administration of chieftaincy issues within the state by a letter written to Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, following a question issued by Fayemi to 11 distinguished monarchs within the state over alleged insubordination, had in a three-page letter dated March 12, 2020, warned Fayemi, towards treating the normal establishment in Yorubaland with levity.
Oba Adeyemi stated he wrote on behalf of different distinguished conventional rulers in Yorubaland, together with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo Adedotun.
He stated in contrast to in some tribes, the place there was nothing hooked up to their conventional establishments, the Yoruba conventional establishment was ancestral and non secular.
Fayemi, within the question issued individually to the affected conventional rulers by the Bureau on Chieftaincy Affairs dated March 11, gave the monarchs 72 hours inside which to answer.
The question, which was entitled, “Re: Absence from State Functions and Council of Traditional Rulers’ Monthly Meetings,” was signed by A.O. Adeoye on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the bureau.
The governor and a few aggrieved distinguished monarchs had for someday been at every others’ throat since July 31, 2019 over the appointment of Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Alabi, as the brand new chairman of Ekiti Council of conventional rulers.
In a writ of summons file earlier than Ekiti High Court, the 17 aggrieved obas requested the courtroom to reverse Fayemi’s motion on the premise that Alawe was not recognised by statute to chair the council.
They argued that that they had the unique rights to go the council, among the many 22 members, consistent with the extant custom and the State Chieftaincy Laws, threatening that they gained’t attend the inauguration of Alawe as Council Chairman and any assembly of the council the place he presides.
However, 5 out of the 17 aggrieved distinguished monarchs; Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon; Attah of Ayede-Ekiti, Oba Abdulmumin Orisagbemi; Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Idowu Babalola; Owa of Oke-Imesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji and Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, Oba Ajayi Adetunji had back-pedalled and have been attending the council assembly presided over by Oba Alabi.
But, the opposite 11 aggrieved Obas had been adamant and had been shunning the council assembly and authorities operate since August 2019 owing to the impression that Alawe was politically promoted to that rank and that he was not certified to occupy the exalted seat.
The governor, in his question, stated the normal rulers deliberate actions and inactions with none justification flagrantly negated the administration of chieftaincy establishment within the state.
However, in a letter reacting to the question, Alafin urged Fayemi to keep away from any try of importing any subculture of conventional degradation into Yorubaland, including any actions that would trigger civil unrest on the expense of the peace and well-being of the residents he swore to guard must be jettisoned.
To this finish, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, stated the conduct of the Alaafin with respect to their affairs was unbecoming and “absolutely unwarranted”, saying he has no enterprise dabbling into the matter of chieftaincy administration in Ekiti State which is pending earlier than the Court.
He stated the letter from Alafin was unwarranted, misguided and missing in advantage, so far as the Chieftaincy issues was involved in Ekiti, saying “it was written with out ample info and data of the chieftaincy issues in Ekiti.
The letter learn partially, “The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers takes robust exception to the entire content material of Alaafin’s letter, which is completely unwarranted as Alaafin can not superintend over the monarch in Ekiti State.
“Ekiti State was by no means and may by no means be a part of Oyo Empire. It is on this be aware that Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers is respectfully requesting Your Excellency (Makinde) to cease the Alaafin from his meddlesomeness within the inside affairs of Ekiti State.
“The letter of Oba Adeyemi contained a variety of misrepresentation of information and inaccurate accounts of occasions between the State Government and the Traditional Institution in Ekiti State which CANNOT be in session with, and concurrence of the extremely revered and venerable Traditional Rulers talked about within the letter however who didn’t signal identical.
“It is a matter of truth and regulation that Grading, Classification and Composition of Council of Obas in Ekiti State and maybe wherever in Nigeria is ruled by Law by Government Gazettes even from the Colonial period. From his letter, Alaafin is unable to outline what qualifies an Oba to be a PeluPelu Oba. He shouldn’t be conscious of the truth that among the many first group of Obas that shaped the Association in 1900 had been Deji of Akure (Ondo State) and Owalobo of Obo Ayegunle (Kwara State) who’ve since left the Association. He can also be not conscious of the truth that some Obas joined the Group in 1909 – Atta Ayede, 1929 (Elemure), 1947 (Alawe, Arajaka, Olujido Ido Ile and Olosi) (Minutes of the Pelupelu conferences for these intervals can be found) In 1971 Olomuo was admitted to the Pelupelu standing by the then Governor of Western State, the Late Gen Adeyinka Adebayo.
“It must be famous that, seventeen (17) Obas are presently laying declare to PeluPelu Obaship in Ekiti State. And by Government Gazette of October 2018, Government acknowledged twenty two (22) Obas as PeluPelu in Ekiti and nobody raised an eyebrow when Governor Ayo Fayose added the 22nd member, the Oluyin of Iyin – Ekiti in August, 2018. What is subsequently sacrosanct in regards to the variety of pelupelu Obas which Alaafin put at sixteen.
“We, subsequently, say with all sense of authority and duty that Alaafin goofed to say that from time immemorial, Obaship Leadership had been inside the sixteen (16) Obas who he may neither identify nor point out. He solely pretends to not know that the variety of Pelupelu Obas has by no means be static.
“Unfortunately and appallingly, Alaafin stated that his source of information was by “Hearsay” Yet he refused to confirm his inaccurate truth earlier than falsely accusing Governor Fayemi of neglect. He refused to say these he considers as subordinate Obas. Subordinate to who”? Oba Alabi queried.
He added additional, “Alaafin is little question an Oba who enjoys stirring controversies and disaster the place there are none. He is doubtless a meddlesome interloper who’s bent on exporting the disaster he engineered in previous Oyo State throughout which the Traditional Council was unable to carry a single assembly on account of management tussle between him and the OONI of Ife till OSUN was carved out of previous Oyo State.
“Moreover, the little disagreement amongst Ekiti Obas has not affected the performance of our Traditional Council. We maintain our conferences statutorily in contrast to the Traditional Council underneath Alaafin that has lengthy been grounded. How does he give what he doesn’t have?
“Ekiti Monarchs should not Alaafin’s AJELES, therefore, his present voyage into an inside affairs of Ekiti Obas is extremely unwarranted. Alaafin has no ethical proper nor justification to intervene within the matter of Traditional Rulers administration in Ekiti State.
“We say with all sense of authority and duty that Alaafin’s letter is borne out of ignorance. Let him take away the log in his eyes earlier than in search of to take away the speck from others.
“We, therefore advised our Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi not to dignify Alaafin’s letter with any response because it is clearly ill-motivated and in bad faith”, he stated.