The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, has warned royal fathers and chiefs in Yorubaland, to desist from engaging in open physical confrontation, describing such as a disgrace to the institution of Obaship.
It will be recalled that two monarchs in Ogun State, the Olu of Itori, Akorede Akamo and Baale Lapeleke, Adisa Akinremi , recently engaged in a public confrontation. Also, about three years ago there was a fight between Onigboho of Igboho, John Oyetola Bolarinwa and his counterpart from Igbope during the traditional meeting at Oorelope Local Government area in Igboho.
The royal father while speaking at 2012 Igbope Day celebration and N250m Development fund raising described as taboo in Yorubaland for any traditional ruler to fight in public.
“It is a desecration of the Yoruba culture and tradition for Obas to engage in public brawls. 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, why do we have to bastardise it now?”
On the supremacy contest between Igboho and Igbope, Oba Adeyemi, said Igbope “is a separate and independent town, never at any time under Igboho”, adding that, “the matter had been argued in the law court and the case was won by Igbope. The battle had been on since about 37 years ago before Onigbope recently won the case in the court”.
He urged the people of the two communities to live in peace and cooperate with one another for the progress and development of the area.
Mr Adeyemi used the occasion to laud the governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi for the commitment of his administration to justice and fairness by providing certified true copy of necessary documents from the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters with which the age long dispute between the two communities was resolved.
The monarch while stressing the importance of security to progress and development of any society, charged the people to cooperate and support the administration of the governor by maintaining peace and order in the area.
“It is only when the people allow peace to reign in their communities that they can benefit from the good intentions of the government”, he said.