16th March, 2016
The face off between two paramount rulers in Ogun State, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo may soon end as they both met with the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun behind a closed doors Wednesday.
The two first class monarchs have in the last few weeks been trading words over supremacy, the development many people have condemned.
While answering questions from newsmen after the closed door meeting, the governor disclosed that the monarchs came to discuss how peace and tranquility will continue to reign in the state.
He declined to comment on the lingering face off, saying that the Yoruba customs and tradition give full respect and honour to traditional rulers, adding that Ogun people know their pre-eminent status and they are one and will remain one.
According to him, “I don’t want you to go and write anything out of context. Yes, we are here, our fathers are here to see me. Of course, we deliberated on so many things. I’m sure you want to say what is happening.
“Indeed, nothing is happening. They came here to see the possibility of how to make sure we have peace in the state, among so many other things that we did.
“Don’t forget that this would be the first time I would have the opportunity – I’ve shown my appreciation before for the 40th anniversary, so, it is an opportunity for me to still show that.
“So, if you think that you want to ask that what is the outcome, outcome of what? We have come here to deliberate and as always, it’s always a pleasure for me to have our fathers around here.
“There is nothing like ranking of Oba, we know ourselves. Our fathers, they have their ways, even, before the advent of all these colonials and what have you.
“We have ways of how we live in harmony and I think we will continue to do that. Don’t forget, and I’m saying this again with all due humility and sense of responsibility, that in the context of we Yorubas, we know our pre-eminent status.
“Those of us from Ogun State, we want to keep up with that tradition. We are not going to fan any ember of disunity. What we are known for in Ogun State is that all of us are one and we are still one. Indeed, in the comity of the Yorubas, we know what we do, we know what we stand for and we will continue to do that.”
Reacting to the question that he has finally intervened in the crisis between the monarchs, the governor asked rhetorically, “intervene in what?”
On the striking workers in the state, the governor revealed that discussion is ongoing, and promised that the matter will soon be resolved.
“You know I told you that they are here to ensure there is peace and harmony in Ogun State, it is part of the things they have come to discuss with me.
“Unless, you are now saying that we should discuss what we considered to be classified openly, but our Kabiyesis are here.
“Don’t worry, I have spoken to our fathers and they know what to do. As you see me, we are still working,” the governor said.
The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba II declined to speak with newsmen as he just said, “I want to say hello to you…There is no problem gentlemen, please. Thank you very much.”
In his own reaction about the meeting, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV affirmed that he had earlier in the day met with the leadership of the labour unions, and assured that the striking workers will call if off soon.
“I have come to see my governor for many things, including the strike action of the workers and I’m very sure they would go back to work very soon by the grace of God,” the monarch assured.