By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Chiefs and some residents in the ancient town of Ogbaagba, Ile-Ogbo and Iwo land in Osun State on Monday protested the alleged beating of their monarch, Agbowu of Ogbagba, Oba Dhikirulahi Akinropo by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.
The aggrieved protesters stormed the State Secretariat, Abere to register their grievances over the action of Oluwo which they described as barbaric and totally disrespectful to the tradition and culture of Yoruba race.
The protesters who carried placards and chanted songs called for the suspension of Oluwo to serve as a punitive measures for punching his fellow monarch in public.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read “Justice must prevail“; ” Oluwo destroys traditions: Suspend him!”; “Oyetola save our souls” and “Suspend Rasheed Akanbi now”, among others.
The protesters’ spokesperson, a former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Sikiru Ogunlade Araoye explained that Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s indifference on the issue could cause communal clash between Iwo and other adjourning towns, Ogbaagba, whose traditional ruler was assaulted.
Araoye said “we are here to protest peacefully before the Governor to remind him that his silence is not golden. The Governor cannot continue to keep mum on this issue. If a traditional ruler like Oluwo has suddenly turned himself to boxer and beating his fellow monarch, he deserves to be punished. So, we, the people of Iwo, Ayedire and Olaoluwa demand the suspension of Oluwo.
Security personnel at the entrance of the State Secretariat initially barred the protesters from gaining access to the Governor’s office.
But the demonstrators stood their ground and insisted that they would make their grievances known to the Governor, and were later allowed into the Governor’s office.
The protesters were then attended to by the Commissioners for Information, Health and Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in Osun.
The Asiwaju of Ile-Ogbo, Chief Raphael Akanbi Nafiu presented a copy of the petition to the state government seeking sanctions against Oluwo
It would be recalled that the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo was allegedly beaten in the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 11, Osogbo, AIG Bashir Makama during a peace meeting the AIG convenes over land dispute among the monarchs in Iwo land.