BY ENANI BENSON
A first class traditional ruler in Lagos State, the Osolo of Isolo Kingdom, Oba Kabiru Kolawole Alani Adelaja Agbabiaka (Ilufemiloye) Adeola III has condemned the statement recently credited to a prominent traditional ruler in Osun State, the Alayemore Olojudo of Ido-Osun, Osun State, Oba Aderemi Sapoyoro, describing the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, as ignorant of Yoruba history.
Oba Agbabiaka, who expressed shock at the statement, said Oba Sapoyoro lacked respect and basic knowledge of Yoruba history expected of a traditional ruler of his stature.
Oba Agbabiaka, however, told WESTERN POST that the Alaafin of Oyo would not take issues with the Olojudo of Ido-Osun in order not to jeopardize the trouble shooting efforts of concerned traditional rulers in Yorubaland.
“Well, because we are doing reconciliation, we will refrain from commenting on the conduct and actions of our aggrieved brother. But we must take this: that the traditional institution of Nigeria has it that there should be respect for elders and we should not engage in unauthorized publicity of leadership disputes, ” he added.
Oba Adeyemi had during the grand finale of the 2013 edition of Oranyan Festival in Oyo declared that the people of Ile-Ife could not lay claim to Oranyan.
The controversy between Oyo and Ile-Ife over the celebration of Oranyan festival had started in 2013 when the Alaafin instituted the Oranyan festival in Oyo.
Based on this, Oba Sapoyoro referred Oba Adeyemi to a book on the history of Ile-Ife written by Prof. Akinjogbin and said the Alaafin was ignorant of history.
He described the book as an authority on Yoruba history, adding that Oranyan ruled Ile-Ife as a monarch, adding that Oranyan’s nephew was also the third Ooni of Ife.
He had said: “One of the revered authorities in the history of Yorubaland is the book entitled, “The History of Ile-Ife written by Prof. Akinjogbin and on Page 255 of the book, it is clearly stated that Oranyan was a monarch in Ile-Ife.
“Prince Oranyan came from the warfront and arrived in Ile-Ife. Oranyan’s nephew, Obalufon Alayemore, was the third Ooni of Ife before he moved to Ido-Osun and he later returned to Ile-Ife where he became the first Oonirisa of Ile-Ife”.
Oba Sapoyoro, who is a close associate of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, further said, “for anybody to claim that Orayan never ruled in Ile-Ife would show lack of knowledge of Yoruba history. It also shows that such a fellow is shallow and naïve in the knowledge of Yoruba history”.