Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yèyé on Friday warns Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to respect Yoruba culture/tradition and use ancestral ways of resolving disputes.
Read the full statement below.
“Culture is the Principal Magistrate of Man’s Life” Always in defense of Yoruba Historical Heritage The Palace. Oyo, Oyo State. Nigeria.
His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. • The Executive Governor of Ekiti State. Governor’s Office, • Ado-Ekiti, • Ekiti State.
I write on behalf of other prominent Traditional Rulers in Yoruba land, after wide consultation between the following Paramount Traditional Rulers in Yoruba Land. I) His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi Ill – The Alaafin of Oyo 2) His Imperial Majesty Oh Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II – The Ooni of lie 3) His Imperial Majesty Oba Sikiru”
Adetona Ogbagba II -The Awujale of ljebuland 4) His Imperial Majesty Oba Gbadebo Adedotun – The Make of Egbaland 5) His Imperial Majesty Oba Adekunle Aramolaran – The Owa Obokun of ljesaland 6) His Imperial Majesty Oba AbdulWahab Oyedotun Bibire II – The Orangun of Ila ) Last but not the least – His Imperial Majesty Oba Kehinde Olugbile – The Olu of Hare and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland. This is in respect of recent happenings in Ekiti State with regards to Traditional Rulership in the State under Your Excellency’s.Leadership. (2) Specifically, this is in respect of the composition of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in the State. Let me start by saying that the sacrosanct of Pelupelu that grades the sixteen Crowned Obas in Ekiti Land is not in doubt. Suffice to say Your Excellency that in any human society and more so in Yoruba Land, order of hierarchy and seniority are of vital consideration in position placement.”
(3) From time immemorial, Obaship Leadership in Ekiti Land had been within the sixteen Obas without any dispute or quarrel among them and indeed to the admiration of other Yoruba Kingdoms.”
spiritual. The Yoruba Oba is the representative of the ancestors, the real owner of the land or ground.
(12) It is on this basis that we will advise against any attempt to treat traditional institutions in Yoruba Land with levity and to avoid any attempt of importing any sub-culture of traditional degradation into Yoruba Land.
(13) It is Ironic that while the predecessors in-office and Ancestors of these sixteen Crown Obas (Pelupelu) famous Ekiti Kings and their subjects displayed uncommon patriotism, courage and commitment to confront the intimidating Military prowess of Ibadan Army for sixteen years 1870-1886 that. Your Excellency as one of the beneficiaries of the legacy bequeathed by these Kings of Yoruba History is now embarking on an exercise that will rubbish the contributions of your ancestors.”
(14) Finally, as fathers, we should like to advise Your Excellency to tread softly any relationship with Traditional Institution in the name of Oduduwa and our other Ancestors in Yoruba Land. Let us employ diplomacy to settle this issue. We have the mechanism of conflict resolution in ways of our ancestors.
Accept the assurances of warmest regards from the Paramount Traditional Rulers of Yorubaland.
For, and on behalf of the Paramount Traditional Rulers listed above.
1. U BABA AYE
Oba (Dr.) amidi Olayiwola Rdeyemi III, JP. CFR, LLD, SRP, HILTS, OPH, F I CJ The Alaaf of Oyo and Permanent Chairman Oyo State Council of Obas and Chic:, Chancellor University of Maiduguri, Borno State Chancellor Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Pro-Chancellor Keisie International University South Korea Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone”
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