Oluwo Denies Seeking Financial Aid For Marriage From Osun Govt

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    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu 1 has denied asking the Osun State government for financial support towards his wedding.

    A statement issued by the Press Secretary to Oluwo’s Palace, Alli Ibraheem, a copy of which was obtained by Western Post in Osogbo on Friday described the letter as fake, saying that it did not emanate from the palace of Oluwo.

    A letter had been circulating on social media on Friday which was said to have been written from Oluwo’s palace with the title “Notification of Wedding and Request for Financial Support.”

    In the letter dated February 8, 2022, with reference number HIM/TELU 1/14, and addressed to the Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Oba Akanbi requested N20 million from the state government for his purported wedding.

    The letter reads in parts:  “I have the instructions of His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, to notify you of the Oluwo’s decision to marry a princess from Kano Emirate, to be precise, Ado Bayero dynasty.

    “I wish to remind Your Excellency that this kind of royal wedding within two notable traditional institutions in Nigeria, will require huge expenses, which necessitates support of state government financially even logistically.”

    The Oluwo through Ibraheem denied that the letter emanated from his office.

    Ibraheem said: “We read with total dismay a letter purportedly said to emanate from the palace of Oluwo of Iwoland seeking financial assistance on his personal affairs, wedding.

    “The said letter lacks basic in-house styles of Oluwo’s palace correspondence. Oluwo always append his personal signature while writing the government.

    “Equally, the font in the letter is not our official style. At the said date on the letter, Oluwo was not in the state up till now. And his secretary has no audacity, whatsoever to sign on behalf of His Majesty while communicating with the government.

    “The letter was orchestrated by mischievous people whose mission is to discredit the palace. Marriage is a personal affairs. There is no marriage venture too big for Oluwo to finance on his own. Those circulating such should exercise caution. Queen is coming but not in haste of the public demand.

    “We enjoin reasonable individual to get their facts before jumping on the bandwagon.”

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