The rift between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has been amicably resolved.
The peace meeting took place at the palace of Ooni with prominent traditional rulers in attendance.
Those in attendance includes Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, The Orangun of Ila, Oba (Dr.) Oba Abdulwahab Adedotun Bibiire, Ataoja of Osogbo and some other Yoruba monarchs.
It would be recalled that there had been supremacy battle between Ooni and Oluwo that the latter had refused to attend the state council of traditional rulers meeting since his enthronement in 2015.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi denied that there was rift between himself and the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.
Apparently responding to the recent declaration made by the Oluwo that people should start addressing him as Emir, the Ooni said the culture of the Yoruba race needs to be preserved adding that “I know my brother king as Oluwo and we don’t want to listen to rumour.”
Ooni urged other traditional rulers in Osun state to always carry themselves with dignity and royalty stressing that “all we are focusing is on unity and peaceful coexistence among traditional rulers.”
Oba Ogunwusi said there was nobody that stops Oluwo from attending the council meeting.
The meeting is usually held but the Oluwo has never attended the meeting since he ascended the throne almost the same time with the Ooni in 2015.
It was gathered that some Obas had during the last meeting held on July 4, 2017, raised the issue of the Oluwo and they resolved to go to Iwo and prevail on him to attend council meeting.
The Ooni of Ife, who arrived at the venue of the meeting last went round and greeted all the traditional rulers one after the other. All the traditional rulers stood up to acknowledge his greetings.The Ooni, who presided over the meeting prayed for the monarchs and the towns each of them presided over.
Oba Ogunwusi said, “It is been long we held this meeting. The meeting is usually held on a monthly basis. This is not the time to point accusing finger at anybody.
“The Timi came to me and told me that he would not be here because he was traveling out and that he had scheduled the trip before the meeting was called. So, also is the Orangun of Ila.
“I greet the Oluwo specially. Like I always say, all of you left here. I am the caretaker here. Unity and the development of our state is very important.
“Some traditional rulers have departed the world since our last meeting the Olubosin of Ifetedo, Salu Edun Abon and Olulamokun of Yakoyo.
“We should portray ourselves the way we should. We should carry ourselves with dignity and royalty. We should unite and stand as one. Our meeting is how to bring about development to our state and the nation.
“I greet the Oluwo special especially being his first time of coming here. Nobody is asking you not to come here. This is your house.”
The traditional rulers numbering 75 had asked Journalists to excuse them before touching on the main agenda of the meeting, which was addressing supremacy battle among prominent traditional rulers in the state.
Speaking after the meeting that lasted for about three hours, Ooni pointed out that the culture and heritage of the Yoruba race are intact and potent and that nothing can erode them.
Flanked by the Olojuo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, who is the secretary to the Council of Obas and Oluwo, Oba Ogunwusi said there is no rift between himself and Oluwo as reported in the media.
According to him, “South Western Nigeria is a mirror for Nigeria. We have strong heritage, culture and tradition. Religion is not the basis of our coexistence in South Western Nigeria.
” We call this meeting to ensure that our cultural heritage is intact. Nothing can take away our heritage from us. I am here with my brother king. We know him as Oluwo of Iwo; we don’t want to listen to rumours. What we have inherited from our forefathers must stay and unity will continue to reign in Yorubaland,” the king stated.
Also speaking, Oluwo also noted that there is no gain saying that Ooni is the father of all Obas stressing that Ife remains the source of all kings.
After addressing journalists, Ooni and Oluwo went into a closed oor meeting while other Obas left Ooni’s palace.
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