An elder statesman and Obanla of Iwo land, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun has described as unbecoming the spate of verbal attacks on Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi by Oluwo of Iwo kingdom, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi.
Chief Ogundokun stated this in a statement issued and made available to Journalists in Osogbo on Saturday, February 03, 2018 in which he called on well-meaning Nigerians, elders and leaders in Yoruba land to call Oluwo Akanbi to order to stop his incessant attacks and disparaging the exalted seat of the highly revered monarch of the source.
He said that for a traditional ruler of Oluwo’s status to be disparaging and launching incessant verbal attacks on the Ooni of Ife in a various medium like internet, television and newspapers etc is uncalled for and that this is not in concert with Yoruba tradition and customs.
Ogundokun pleaded with Oba Ogunwusi, whom he described as an humble monarch with good family background and has been using his intellect, energy and resources on the unity and development of Yoruba land and Nigeria in general to please swallow all the tirades hulled at his person and office by Oluwo which he described as mere ranting.
In his exact words: “I plead with Kabiyesi, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife as a father and senior King to Oluwo to swallow all the falsehood and attacks being made against him by Oluwo on the social media, television and newspapers in the past one and a half year”.
Referring to the recent meeting of the National Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria (NTRCN) held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital where Oluwo alleged that Ooni of Ife security detail pushed him (Oluwo) out of the way for Ooni Ogunwusi to do vote of thanks for the gathering, Ogundokun advised that Oluwo should be cautioned for falsehood, attention seeking and made to tow the path of civility.
Ogundokun said that Oluwo has for a long time developed the penchant for unwarranted attacks on Ooni of Ife. He cited the instance of the crowning ceremony of Onikoyi of Ikoyi wherein Oluwo Akanbi accused Oba Ogunwusi of historical distortion and alleged that he has superior claims to the stool and crown to Ooni of Ife because he is a direct son of Luwo before he was scolded and stopped by Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111.
He added that Oluwo also have penchant for attacks on other traditional rulers too. He said that it was this that made him (Oluwo) and his body guards intoxiticated into destroying the properties of Oluwo Oke in Iwo which led to litigation that would have sent (Oluwo) into imprisonment but for his (Ogundokun) and other well meaning Nigerians intervention.
He also accused Oluwo of launching verbal attacks on Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as well as Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji at different times in the past.
He therefore warned Oluwo to learn how to be royal and disciplined at all times. He said, Oluwo should stop disgracing and downgrading the royal stool of Iwo land before the public as Iwo people are known to be courteous and hospitable people, saying, Oluwo should not give Iwo people bad image any longer.
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