17th February, 2020
The Osun government has described the face-off between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbagba, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, as unfortunate and avoidable.
Oba Akanbi was alleged to have assaulted Akinropo during a peace meeting at the office of Bashir Makama, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, on Friday.
But the Osun government in a statement by Mrs Funke Egbemode, the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, on Monday in Osogbo said a situation where monarchs engage in public display of temperament does not edify the revered stools of “our forebears.”
Egbemode said traditional rulers ought to protect and preserve the sacredness of the traditional institution.
“We believe in the dignity of traditional stools and sacredness of royalty.
“We will continue to preach peace among all our citizens and harmonious relationship among our traditional rulers.
“Government is aware that the State Council of Traditional Rulers has stepped into the matter.
“And we are confident that the council will take appropriate steps to preserve peaceful coexistence among the Obas in the state.
“We do not want any crisis in any part of the state,” Egbemode said.