Osun Gov Urges Traditionalists To Shelve Planned Protest Against Oluwo


    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Osun State government has urged the Traditional Religion Worshippers Association of Nigeria (TRWASO), Osun State chapter not to embark on its planned protest to the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRosheed Akanbi, Telu 1.

    The traditional worshippers had given a 21-day ultimatum to Oba Akanbi to tender public apology to members of the association for always speaking against their deities.

    The association said it would embark on a peaceful protest for the removal of the traditional ruler, if he refused to tender the apology.

    They said: “We are not fighting Islam or Oba Oluwo because he is a Muslim king. After all, he is not the only Muslim king and he is not the only  wise one, (least to say) that others are not knowledgeable of their personal religion and role as Oba.

    “The grouse is Oluwo crossed the line to hurl verbal abusive languages on Orisa, Obas and his ancestors. Will you as a Muslim take kindly to anybody, be it a governor, to use abusive language on Prophet Mohammed SAW? What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    “Stay clear of the battle and do not incur the wrath of what least concerns you. Let Oluwo bear his cross alone.

    “To all Onisese across the world, as the President of TRWASO, I call on you to be involved. From today 25th November, let us offer a kolanut each on daily basis to our Orisa to seek their intervention by 30th November. (it is never too late to join the train).”

    But the monarch insisted that his throne is beyond the control of any deity but subject to the control of only the Almighty God, adding that God makes and dethrones kings at will.

    However, the state government while condemning the planned protest, said the existing peace and harmony being enjoyed by all and sundry should not be allowed to affect or be mortgaged under the guise of a peaceful protest.

    A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Obawale Adebisi described the traditional worshippers in the state as peace-loving and partners in progress to the Gboyega Oyetola led administration, urging them  to abort the planned protest in order to avoid religious crises in the state.

    Adebisi charged the traditionalists to continue to cooperate and support the state government as the interest of all would always be given due consideration at all times.



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