Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Why we are angry with Oluwo—Iwo Ruling Houses Says ‘Oluwo can’t destroy our father’s legacy’

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The Asiwaju Gbogbo Omo-Oba Iwo, Alhaji (Prince) Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo with his Secretary, Alhaji (Prince) Ismael ECOMOG

The head of the ruling houses in Iwo land, (Asiwaju Idile Gbogbo) Omo-Oba, Alhaji Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo in an emergency meeting with all princes of the royal houses in Iwo land told journalists some of the reasons why the royal princes are at logger head with the Oluwo of Iwo Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi and equally expressed reservation on ways forward for the town if Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi remains the Oluwo of Iwo. The emergency meeting which took place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Iwo town had the presence of eminent Nigerian politician and elder statesman, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun who was summoned to the meeting by the royal princes after the alleged kidnap of one Mr. Abdul Mojeed Agbaje Olawale aka Rondo-Rondo by the Oluwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1).

Although the palace denied ever trying to kidnap Rondo-Rondo but Rondo-Rondo insisted in an interview with Asabeafrika that  it was the Oba who ‘arrested’ him.  Others at the emergency meeting are Mogaji Idile Adegun-Odo, Prince Ayodeji Daramola, Representative of the Alausa royal family, Alhaji Ibrahim Bushari Imole De, Secretary of the Alausa royal family, Alfa Adam Ayobi Ojo. Others are Akeem Arolu from Tadese Royal House, Prince (Alhaji) Semiu Oladimeji Fanta, Prince Adedoja Osunnwo, Prince Akeem Ayofe (Adegun-Odo Royal family),
The Oluwo of Iwo, HRM Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi. (Telu 1)
Prince Saheed Dauda (Adegun-Odo Royal family) and Prince Alhaji Ismael Ecomog, the General Secretary of the entire Royal Houses in Iwo among many others.  Both Asiwaju Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo and Alhaji Semiu Oladimeji Fanta spoke with Asabeafrika. Enjoy the excerpts.
Sir, what can you tell us about this emergency meeting in Iwo today?
Princes of the Ruling Houses at the meeting
Thank you for coming around. I want to thank everybody that made the time to be here at this hour of the day because it is indeed an emergency meeting and it has to do with the political situation in Iwo. I pray that all of you that came for this emergency meeting, God will bless you. You will never be disappointed. God will continue to lift and bless your works. I thank you for coming to Iwo. The kind of things we see these days in Iwo is beyond our thinking. As a person sitting with you right now, if we are to list the number of traditional rulers (Oba) I have sat and deliberated with in my life time, we will be counting nothing less than 4 or 5 Oluwos. But the coming of this present Oluwo is quite interesting, this present Oluwo is far from what we expect; we are totally surprised at his conducts and behavior as a royal father.
Princes of Ruling Houses in Iwo at the May 7 meeting
We have not seen this kind of thing before. But why I am not totally surprised is that, if you are alive, living in this world, you will keep seeing different things. With this latest accident in Iwo today (Kidnapping of Rondo-Rondo), I will say my comment will not be too long due to the role bestowed upon me. If I can see where the royal princes and the people of Iwo are going on this matter, if I can see their direction and I can see that it is a good path, my own is to give my blessing. The man that we summoned here today, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, it is God that intentionally lift him as a statesman for this nation. If anyone is angry with his kind, that person is just wasting his own time.
What do you think went wrong between High Chief Abiola Ogundokun and the Oluwo of Iwo?
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun giving his speech to members of the ruling houses in Iwo
 The kind of things we have seen in the last five or six days ago is quite funny, it is the Islamic scholars in Iwo that raised a team to meet me couple of days ago, that they want an emergency meeting. I asked what the problem is, but they refused to let me have the full details, urging me to come first for the meeting. But I insisted they tell me as I am not a dictator, any step I am taking must be communicated properly to the ruling houses as their Asiwaju. I must inform the entire royal houses. So, they quickly informed me that something abominable happened in our land. That the king said all titles given to High Chief Ogundokun,
Alhaji Prince Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo with Alhaji Prince Alhaji Ismael ECOMOG
he has taken those titles off him and that they (Islamic Chiefs) will never take a decision without the cooperation of the royal families (ruling houses). That wherever you go is where we shall follow. So, that was what led me to my calling this emergency meeting.  We thank God that we invited High Chief Abiola Ogundokun and he came straight away. It is an honor to have him here with us.
So, what is your decision on Oluwo’s action?
A group of Omo-Oba at the Asiwaju Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo Emergency Meeting

Our decision is straight and simple. First of all, we are not in support of what he (Oluwo) did. Our position is that the titles that our living fathers have earned before he got there, we the royal princes are against him stripping such titles. We totally go against you coming to strip titles off our elders and living legends and statesmen. That is quite ridiculous. If it is the one you gave someone during your reign, you can always take it back or strip the person, no problem. But the one our fathers gave, no way. We are not children who will come and destroy the legacies of our fathers. We are totally against it. It is not our tradition. He (Oluwo) has no right to de-robe any title chief. Those titles were given by his predecessors and he will be insulting not only the sensibilities of the bearers but also destroying the legacies of our fathers and that of his predecessors.
Baba, are you aware that the Oluwo allegedly kidnapped one Rondo-Rondo this morning?
Some Omo Obas at the meeting
In fact it was this very afternoon that I was equally briefed on that matter (Rondo-Rondo crisis). But we are on top of the situation and God will give us a new direction. 
We learnt all the ruling houses and the Princes are at loggerhead with the Oluwo over his decision to rule alone. Can you expatiate more on the crisis?
First page of a protest letter by Princes on the allegation of non-inclusion of princes in palace activities by Oluwo
We have many instances where he (Oluwo) has denigrate his role as a father. The fight between him and Oluwo Oke is a major example that tested our faith. We the royal princes did everything possible to bring peace between the two of them (Oba Kadiri Adeoye-Oluwo Oke & Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi-Oluwo).
2nd Page of a Protest Letter on non-inclusion of Princes in palace activities by Oluwo
We appealed to Oluwo Oke to drop the court case against him and even invited him down and Oluwo Oke came and explained to us what happened in details, and we saw that what Oluwo Oke is fighting for is even right. He is not wrong at all, and we went to meet our king (Oluwo), the day we met him was a Thursday and we made the meeting day for the next Thursday (8days later).
Faces of members of a Ruling House in Iwo
We said ‘please, Oluwo-Oke is coming down with other Obas and we can have two of you settle this matter’. And he said ‘no problem, I will be there’. But, what did we see? Two days to the meeting, we again went to meet him and he said he is game and ready for the meeting. A day before the D-day, very early in the morning, I led a delegation of royal princes to the palace to remind him and he assured us of his presence. We even preached and advised him that if you find yourself in this kind of auspicious role, you must be a father to all. And I asked all the princes to prostrate for him and they did. And he said ‘oh, I have accepted. We will end the rift’. So, the next morning when Oluwo-Oke and his entourage arrived, we went to meet him again and he said ‘good, I am coming down’. He said ‘what is the time of the meeting?’ and we said ‘10am’. He promised to show up. So, by 10am, we waited, he didn’t show up.
Faces of Princes of the Ruling Houses in Iwo
By 12pm, we raised another team to meet him in the palace; he still said he was coming up until 5pm in the evening. So, we went back to meet him only for him to tell us that the fight we are trying to settle is nothing but a meeting of calumny (Ipade Ote). I was shocked; this is someone we were trying to broker peace between him and the man that took him to court over his misconduct before he became king. He said ‘oh, you guys are all fake people’, that he didn’t actually plan to show up at the meeting venue. That if we cannot bring that Oba (Oluwo Oke) down to his palace, we should forget it. He said ‘isn’t he a Baale?’, that if we cannot bring him here (his palace) and let him remove his clothe and start rolling on the floor for him and use his mouth to run the ground, that he will ensure that he is removed from the soil
Some Princes of the Ruling House in Iwo
(Maa ka kuro n’ile). I said ‘you will remove a man from the soil? You Oba Iwo, you will remove a man from the soil?’, we used every known strategy in the book to beg this man but he insisted that if we cannot bring Oluwo-Oke down to his palace and let him remove his clothes and start using his mouth to rub the ground and rolling before him, he will make sure he is removed from the soil. When we begged, begged and begged and he refused to comply, we left him to his fate.
Is it true that you and Oluwo contested for the same throne? He said that is why two of you are at loggerhead?
Asiwaju Gbogbo Idile, Omo Oba Babatunde Kamilu-Arowolo (R) with High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, speaking with the Press
I don’t even recognize him, I have never seen him, we the royal princes have never seen him before, and he is not even the one we expected. We are just a victim of circumstance.
Protest letter from the Ruling Houses in Iwo
What is the opinion of the ruling houses on him now, how do you think peace can be achieved?
Protest letter from the 4 ruling houses
The one voice people are making, the one demand our people are making is what I must echo out because majority of the people are saying that we made a wrong choice (A shi oba je) and we are saying we are not the one who choose him o, it is what pleases the government that it does.
A protest letter from the four ruling houses
We are not the one who chose him. The person we wanted, government didn’t pick that person. However, a lot of people are asking us this question ‘what is the next step?’ I said ‘well, it is only God that can change this situation for us’ but the people of Iwo are not happy with the situation at hand. We need a change.
A protest letter from Adegun-Odo Ruling House
We want Governor Aregbesola to intervene before it is too lateAlhaji Fanta
Prince Alhaji Semiu Oladimeji Fanta....Wants Osun State Government to intervene
Closing the three hours emergency meeting, one of the Royal Princes, Prince Alhaji Semiu Oladimeji Fanta of Adegunodo Royal family urged the government of Osun State to quickly intervene in the ongoing crisis in Iwo land. He has this message for the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.
A letter of Protest from the Ruling Houses
He spoke with Asabeafrika after the meeting “With series of events that has been taking place in Iwo since the beginning of the reign of Oba Adewale Akanbi, coupled with the kidnapping and beating of Rondo-Rondo last night, we have no any other option than to ask for an emergency meeting with the government of this state”
 “Against this backdrop, I, Prince Alhaji Semiu Oladimeji Fanta on behalf of all the ruling houses and leadership of royal princes of Iwo call on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to invite us for an emergency meeting. They should invite both the Oluwo and all of us so that we can have an opportunity to tell government what we want in order for Iwo to move ahead. I think we are ripe for that and in order to maintain peace and stability in Iwo, the Governor should as a matter of urgency invite us for a meeting on way forward”.  

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