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My town: IDO-ANI MONARCH GENERAL OLUTOYE. At the Height of Struggle for the Throne, Some Said I Was Fulani

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A former General in the Nigerian Army, Oba Olufemi Olutoye Oluwatomiloye (1) is the first Alaani of Ido- Ani in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State. Major-General Olutoye retired from the military in March 1977 and while in active service, he was part of the federal troops sent to Congo for peace-keeping operations in the height of the Congo crisis of the early 60’s. He also  fought on the Nigerian side to quell the civir war in the country. He was installed the monarch of Ido-Ani on October 10, 2014, and he celebrated his coronation at the weekend in Ado-Ani town. In the midst of preparations for the celebration, he took time out on Tuesday evening in Ido-Ani to speak in an interview with

WESTERN POST’s TEMITOPE ADEDEJI…

Achievements as Army General…

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retired in March 1977 as a Major General and one could not apportion any glory to himself except to God, to the delegated authority and to the team one worked with.

 

Military and Traditional Institutions…

Well, there is no much difference between the two, because one thing is common to both, that is discipline and as a traditional ruler, mine is to force some elements of discipline into my subjects and this is what we want the politicians to do also, but you will bear me out that, this virtue cannot be found in our society  today, which has landed us where we are now.

 

Experience as Army General…

Well, with all modesty, immediately Nigeria became independent, our first appearance at the United Nations in October 1960 was facilitated by the then Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa,who  promised Nigeria would send troops to Congo to assist in peace keeping there, in which I was among the first troop and it was very interesting. Then came 1966, when the military took over, which lasted several years.And then the civil war. Well, as for me, as a general, we all worked as a team, because no single person could say he won the Biafran war, we were able to achieve what we achieved with great people like Generals Alani Akinrinade, Samson Tomoye, George Ini and others who  were brilliant officers.

 

Point when it occurred to him he would be Royal Father…

Well, I was born into it. It has to be by birth and of course, you must belong to the royal family. When I was born, I was told that I belong to  the royal family, not that I nursed the ambition. I am entitled to the throne. Now, it’s my turn that is why ‘am here.

 

Tussle on the Obaship in the town…

Yes, there is a tussle. It happens everywhere. Yorubaland is made up of many kingdoms. The only place where you can experience relative peace in that regard is Benin kingdom and Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Only the first son of Oba of Benin is entitled to the throne without any rancor and at the same timein  Ibadan, of course, you know that it goes on queue. So in our case here, due process was followed and maintained. The kingmakers did their jobs. We were three that applied and I scored the highest votes of 9, while Prince Falade Agunloye scored 6 and Prince Ademola Afemogboye had  no vote. So,there is no controversy about who won. Well, there is hardly any case since the process was transparent, after indicating interest to the kingmakers who will screen after submission of names with the traditional chiefs who are much older, they took the votes. Initially,

they said I came from Fulani because of my handsomeness and my complexion. Some even said I am from Ilorin, imagine.

 

Celebration of his Installation…

We are celebrating my being on the throne, my installation on December 20. I want WESTERN POST to be there to make it more colourful. People are coming from far and nera; from US, UK and other parts of Europe.

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