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6 Months after Installation, Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti Still Without Staff of Office

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By Ademola Atobaba

Exasperated that his staff of office has not been given to him six months after installation, the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Obasoyin Ayodele Ganiyu, has asked Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose to present him staff of office. The monarch, who spoke with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, said the tradition of the town demanded that the traditional ruler should begin the planting season. He said since coronation could only be performed by the government, Fayose should intervene and remove the bottlenecks delaying his coronation. The Olukere said he had written to the government on the matter but was told by the officials at Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs that his coronation was being delayed by the non-installation of a new Ogoga of Ikere. Ikere Community has two Obas-the Olukere and the Ogoga-who had ruled the ancient community side-by-side for ages. The last Ogoga, Oba Adegoke Adegboye, passed on last August. Oba Ganiyu said he had written to the government that his coronation should not be delayed by the non-installation of a new Ogoga, maintaining that the Olukere stool had existed before that of the Ogoga. In an interview with WESTERN POST, the Olukere, going down memory lane said the Ogoga was brought to Olukere’s Palace and that his forefathers allowed Ogoga to settle in Ikere. Speaking with reporters, the traditional ruler said:“I am appealing to the governor because we know he believes in justice, equity and fair play and we urge him to accede to our request so that I can perform my duties to the best of my ability so that peace will reign in Ikere.”

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