By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Imams and Alfas from states in the South-west have warned the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu 1, to resist the urge of installing Alhaji Yaquob Abdul-Baki Mohammed as the Waziri of the South-West.
In a statement signed by the President, League of lmams and Alfas, South-West Nigeria, Edo and Delta States, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, he urged Oba Akanbi to limit the title to Iwoland and not to the entire Yorubaland as being purported.
“The proposed installation of the said recipient by your Highness as the Waziri of Iwo land is no doubt the result of your avowed
commitment to the development of lslam, the lwo Community and Osun State in general.
“However, it is our considered hope that your Highness should as a matter of urgency correct the rumours making the round that the
organisers of this event are trying to overblow the ceremony to capture the entire Yorubaland. This is not right.”
The organisation noted that the Oluwo of Iwo is qualified to install the beneficiary as the Waziri of the Southwest but due process must be
followed in ensuring that such revered position is conferred on any recipient.
“If such should be, it has to come through due process as we know you to be a man of honour, protocol and due process.”
The organisation further urged the Oluwo to persuade the organisers of the event to limit the title of the proposed “Waziri of the South-West” to “Waziri of Iwo land”.
“To this end, we urge Your Highness to immediately call on the organisers of the forthcoming event to limit it to Waziri of Iwo land which your Highness has concluded arrangement to bestow on the recipient,” it said.