BY: ENIOLA OLATUNJI
The Yoruba people of Southwest of Nigeria are miffed at a traditional leader, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbiwho beat up another monarch during a peace meeting at the State Capital in Oshogbo. Patmos Media Line (PML) learnt that the Oba may be prosecuted for public disturbance of the peace and other offences but a viral video in custody of (PML)shows that despite public outcry against his behavior, the Oluworeigned curses on the assaulted Oba and proclaimed that the Oba shall soon be a patient of the Psychaitric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta pleading with anybody in custody of the video to forward it to the Oba.There is already a palpable tension amongst traditional rulers in Osun State, following this report. It was gathered that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama, had called for a peace meeting amongst royal fathers from Iwo axis over land disputes.According to the source, it was in the middle of the meeting, which had other monarchs, including some top police personnel, as well as government functionaries in attendance that Oba Akanbi allegedly stood up from where he was sitting and descended on Oba Dahirulahi Akinropo, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa town, inflicting injury on him.
Confirming the incident to journalists at the Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, where the assaulted monarch was receiving treatment, the Olu of Ile-ogbo, Oba Agbaje Habeeb Adetoyese, who spoke on behalf of other monarchs said the development came as a shock to everyone at the meeting.He said such act was strange and alien to the tenets of the traditional institutions in Yoruba land and called on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to quickly intervene and caution Oluwo to avert a breakdown of law and order in the area.Oba Adetoyese accused the Oluwo of Iwo of threatening other monarchs at the meeting even after the unfortunate incident.“This is indeed a bestial conduct that is highly unbecoming of an ordinary individual, let alone a royal father. How could a monarch of Oluwo status descend so low to the level of physically assaulting another king in the presence of AIG; this is strange to say the least.
He just stood up from where he was sitting without any provocation and started beating a revered monarch from Ogbaagba, it was the AIG himself that rescued the monarch from him”.“We are calling on Governor Oyetola to quickly suspend Oluwo with immediate effect, keeping him on that throne portends great danger to other kings and the state at large”.Reacting to the allegation through a phone conversation, Oluwo simply said”, there is no issue at all, I wonder why they are so sensational about the issue, we would take care of it, why are they inviting you guys over such an issue, I don’t think it is necessary.” he said The Oluwo has been having issues especially on supremacy with leading Yoruba traditional leaders including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba LamidiAdeyemi 111 and the Chairman of the Osun State Traditional Council, The Ooniof Ife Oba Adewusi. PML learnt that the Osun State Government is distressed over the image the case has brought to the state and may issue an official statement soon.The Oluwo of Iwo himself seems to be uncomfortable with individuals in his kingdom including his wife whom he divorced recently.Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-kayode is leading several leading Yoruba people agitating for his removal on the social media but the Oba said no human being can remove him as he has the death of his opponents in his body.
By Our Reporter.