Ewi Poem: Ife Traditional Council Suspends Maye Of Ife Over Alleged Defamation Against Ooni

By Sodiq Lawal

The Royal Traditional Council of Ile-Ife in the State of Osun, has announced the suspension of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, as the Maye of Ile-Ife over a trending Poetry ” Ewi” On Ooni, Oba Adeyeyi Enitan Ogunwusi released to defame the stool and character of the front line monarch.

The royal council in a statement jointly signed by Balufe of Ife, HRM Oba Idowu Adediwura and Lowa Adimula, Ife Oba Adekola Adeyeye stated that Chief Adedoyin should not parade himself anymore as the Maye of Ife henceforth.

The royal council affirmed that Chief Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, the Oloyere of Oyere were the brain behind the production of the tape.

According to the release, “After the exhaustive deliberations and investigation with the invitation of some close associates and cohorts of Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife, which includes, Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, Oloyede of Oyere, it was discovered that Chief Ramon was the financier of the production of the tape.

“That Chief Ramon Adedoyin, the Maye of Ife is the financier and brain behind the release of the “Ewi” in circulation”

“The paramountcy of the stool of the Ooni of Ife has been desecrated with this singular action among several others done in the recent past at the Ooni of Ife and house of Oduduwa is the chief custodian and honorary titles”

“That beyond reasonable doubt, Chief Ramon Adedoyin and his cohorts like Oba Adeoye Adefarakan have committed offences of defaming the stool and character of Ooni of Ife, assault and the libelous release of the “Ewi” remains indelible. and all these acts are conduct likely to cause breach of peace”

“That all the parties involved in the meeting passed the vote of no confidence in chief Ramon Adedoyin and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan”

“That the house of Oduduwa henceforth suspend the Chieftaincy title of Maye of Ife that was bestowed on Chief Ramon Adedoyin until further notice”

“Chief Ramon Adedoyin should not be parade himself as Maye of Ife until he absolve himself of his disloyalty and betrayal to the stool of Ooni and House of Oduduwa”

“We therefore implore all the sons and daughters of Ife to maintain peace and order in the nooks and crannies of Ile-Ife and its environment”

However, in a phone conversation with our correspondent, Chief Adedoyin said the traditional council has no power to remove him as Maye. He said Maye is not a traditional title but an honorary title bestowed on him by late Ooni Sijuwade.

He added that he has a very cordial relationship with Ooni Ogunwusi and he has no any personal issue with the Royal father since he lost the context to him.

It would be recalled that a poem (Ewi) tape, defaming the Ooni, had been circulating for a while. The tape, which is captioned “Oba Awakusa” was said to have been sent from the UK.

House Owner, Residents Condemn Lagos State Government

House owners and Residents have condemned the brutal manner with which houses were demolished in Abule-Egba, by the Lagos State government, to pave the way for the construction of the Jubilee Bridge in 2016 which has also become the lot of residents of Agege, a suburb of Lagos. They have been displaced, as a result of the ongoing Pen Cinema bridge construction.

Since they were hastily evicted from their abodes, shops and offices, the victims have been wandering and squatting with friends and relatives, as they have continued to bemoan their fate, describing their predicament as borne out of injustice.The Guardian learnt that the state government did not only err by not giving them enough notice, the victims were also not given any compensation or alternative abodes before the commencement of the demolition.

Chief Segun Oke, a caretaker of one of the affected buildings along Iju road, Pen Cinema, said no specific notice was issued by government before the demolition took place. “We had a meeting with representatives of Lagos State government last October, at the Museum, along Oba Ogunji road, Agege, opposite Women Development Centre, with the Commissioner for Lands and the contractor handling the project, soliciting our cooperation, as it would ease traffic congestion in the area.

“Early December, they distributed letters to the affected property owners, where it was stated that we should bring relevant documents, which had to do with our property to the ministry of physical planning at the Governor’s Office, Alausa. That was all. At the expiration of the one week, we just heard that they were bringing bulldozers and started bringing down the structures.

“What I would describe as the first notice was the letter, which was about getting our documents to Alausa. We were expecting them to give us a specific date after that but they just came hastily, without any prior notice.”

Another victim, Mrs. Bunmi Enimakure, whose storey house was inherited from her father, told The Guardian that there had been rumours that their property was on a Federal Government’s land. She said that in 2016, there was a report from the Lagos State government that property along the stretch would be demolished, noting that it was few shops that were pulled down at the period.

According to her, government came the second time for another round of demolition but the idea was shelved, with an assurance that there would be no more demolition, until last December when she heard that massive demolition would take place.“It was just after four days we heard about that the demolition started. Though poles were erected at the initial state to indicate areas marked for demolition, when the bulldozers came they demolished more than the marked areas.”

Due to the manner with which the ‘displacement’ was done, the victims were not only rendered homeless, their property and wares were allegedly destroyed and stolen by street urchins, who took advantage of the situation.Oke said from the property of his occupants, in a bungalow of four shops and 10 rooms were seriously affected because they were caught unawares. “A lot of things were destroyed, lots of items were stolen, especially from the corporate buildings. For here, what was stolen was up to N5 million from the shops in the building.”

Aside from the hasty demolition, one area in which the victims felt government got it wrong is that of compensation, coupled with the fact that they failed to value the demolished properties.Oke said: “The state didn’t come with any valuer before the demolition began, but individual owners, especially the corporate property owners got valuers but others who were not literate enough did not get any valuer. They did not enlighten us whether to get valuers for our property or they would do the valuation.

“They promised to compensate us, but nothing has come. In a civilised society there should be compensation before demolition, that is what we have been telling them. Right now we don’t even know how much they are going to pay us, on what ground is the payment, how many meters, there is no agreement whatsoever on that, it is an open-ended agreement.”Enimakure, who was also distraught by the development said: “There was no valuer at all, what we heard was that it is those with Certificates of Occupancy (CoO) that would be compensated.”

The residents are appealing to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to quickly fulfill his promise in the area of compensation to alleviate their suffering.Oke stated: “The governor should quickly come up with whatever they are going to give individual owners as compensation, because some of the affected property owners are hanging their things here and there, no specific place to stay. Those doing renovations are using their money, not as if any compensation has been given to them.”

Enimakure pleaded with Ambode to fulfill his promise of compensating them, adding that “there is still the rumour that more demolition would be done that may affect the existing structures. He should please stay action as this may send people to their early graves.”Meanwhile, the state governor, Ambode, has pledged to pay compensation, in the next three weeks, to all the people whose buildings were demolished in the course of constructing public structures around Lagos, promising that henceforth residents would be fully compensated and relocated before commencing construction.

Ambode, who said this at the 10th Quarterly Town Hall Meeting, recently, maintained that his government would build with the consent of the citizens. According to him, any development efforts that do not enjoy the support of the people would not be executed.Also, in a statement by the immediate past Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, the government debunked media reports suggesting that it was unnecessarily delaying compensation, saying those whose structures were demolished would be paid.

Anifowoshe said the state government had already held a stakeholders’ meeting with the affected property owners during which the details of the flyover project were presented to them.“It was instructive that the stakeholders at the meeting welcomed the development and the Lagos State Government secured their buy-in.

“The government representatives at the meeting also urged the people to submit all relevant documents showing proof of ownership. Our officials served all the statutory notices and even gave more than enough time for the affected property owners to be aware of the removal.“Also, there were newspaper publications to that effect stating government intention and expectations from the people. As a matter of fact, many of such have been submitted to my office and the compensation process has commenced fully,” the Commissioner said.

Anifowoshe said the State Government had to remove its own staff buildings belonging to the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) to give way for the project, because the construction of the flyover is aimed at bringing development and ending the perennial traffic situation in the Agege axis.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all residents of LSDPC in Agege that the Lagos State Government will compensate everyone involved and also to all other private property owners that the government understands their plight and is working tirelessly to ensure that those affected are compensated,” he said.

The commissioner urged all the affected property owners, who are yet to produce their planning documents such as certified registered title document of properties within the said right of way, approved building plan permit for the affected structures and any other relevant documents as proof of ownership, to do so without delay to fast-track the payment of compensation.

“We like to urge them to submit their documents to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Block 15, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to ensure that all affected owners are compensated appropriately.”

Osoosi Festival: Ooni Says Religious Intolerance Is Bane Of Peaceful Co-Existence

By Sodiq Lawal

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has identified religious intolerance as the bane of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, noting that Godliness is different from religion.

The Spiritual Head of the Yoruba race worldwide stated this while speaking on Thursday during the annual Osoosi festival in Ile-Ife.

He urged Nigerians to see the country’s cultural and religious diversity as a great advantage needed to move forward socially, politically and economically rather than using it negatively, the result of which can only be backwardness.

“Nigeria is blessed with cultural and religious diversity which must not be seen as a curse but a blessing”

“What people practice today is ungodly religionism. It is very devilish for anyone to kill or maim in the name of religious differences. Deliberate frustration of peaceful coexistence in a diverse society like ours is an act of sacrilegious dogmatism perpetrated by the victims of religious brainwashing”

“We are all one before the Almighty God and we must remain so to allow for peaceful coexistence if we must progress socially, politically and economically “. Ooni Ogunwusi stated.

Obatala adherents at the event said Osoosi is a festival of African pantheon of divinity, configuration and interchange of power.

The ongoing Obatala Festival with a gathering of hundreds of foreigners especially from Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Jamaica and United States of America is expected to end on Tuesday 23th of January 2018

Herdsmen Kill Farmer in Ogun State

A farmer in his 60s, Adetona Owolabi, has reportedly been killed by suspected herdsmen who inflicted various machete cuts on him in Afon, Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State.

The farmer was said to have been working on his farmland located few metres away to the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta road when he was attacked by the herdsmen for challenging them when their cattle was grazing and destroying his farm produce such as cassava, yam and vegetables.

Ironically, the incident occurred few hours after the State Government held a meeting with security chiefs and representatives of various stakeholders such as leaders of the Fulani, Hausa communities and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigera in order to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers and also to ensure safety of lives and property.

Gani Adams Installed As Are Ona Kakanfo

 

The Alaafin of Oyo,  Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in the presence of other Yoruba Obas has formally installed Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Are Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.

The pronunciation was made after the ritual of the the New Are paying homage to the past 14 kakanfos,  represented with the calabash symbolising their reigns.

Are Gani Adams thus prayed for the peace of Yoruba land after which he was led to a temporary seclusion.

His emergence from the room made him pronounced as the Aare Ona Kakanfo

 

 

I’m Still In Race For Presidency- Fayose

Despite the fact that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party has zoned the presidential ticket foe Elections 2019 to the North, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he is still in the race for the 2019 presidential election.

Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the Government House in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said, “I am still in the presidential race. I am only waiting for the time the Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time.

“Though I am making contacts and I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country, I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegates’ lists for them to elect the candidate. So, I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof. Kolapo Olusola.

“I have no regret supporting Olusola. If it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sisters and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page.”

Fayose appealed to the teachers to support Olusola the way they supported him in the June 21, 2014 governorship election, where he defeated Fayemi.

On the agitations of some aggrieved PDP aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor gave an assurance that the state had no role to play in the primary election, saying it was the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.

Some aggrieved PDP aspirants such as a former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; Senator Biodun Olujimi, Owoseeni Ajayi and Amb Dare Bejide, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to stop Fayose from playing any role in the primary.

The PDP has battled a series of internal fightings which political analysts suggest has weakened the party’s impact as a worth opposition and also dimmed its chances at the next polls.

…Osinbajo Charges Youth To Shun, Fight Corruption

By Francis Ezediuno

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for youths to shun and fight corruption as a means of liberating the country from the shackles of poverty and misrule.

Osinbajo on Tuesday dropped this hint at the Opening ceremony of the First Regional Youth Summit of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) tagged West 2040 hosted in Osogbo, the state capital.

In his speech, Osinbajo listed talent, integrity, virtue, innovation and education, as factors that are needed for any society to develop and that where such are missing, there is tendency for failure.

He emphasised that the Omoluabi ethos of virtue and hardworking was a major ingredient needed for the advancement of the youths in the region.

The vice-president encouraged youths to use the internet positively as it is a goldmine of untapped knowledge.

He submitted that the 25 years plan which the south-west region hoped to adopt had become necessary because within that period of time, Nigeria would have attained the 3rd or 4th most populated country in the world.

In his address, the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, charged youths from the south-west Nigeria to identify areas of needs, serve them and thereby earn a decent living.

Aregbesola who was the Chief Host said the aim of the summit was to chart the course of development for the region. The governor also called on the youths to gainfully engage themselves in vocational work, trading, agriculture as he maintained that for the region not to be in its present state in the next 25 years, there is need for self discovery because there was no way they were going to succeed while waiting for white collar jobs.

He revealed that in times past, the region used to grow and was identified with its own staple foods such as Lafun for Ogun state, Amala for Oyo state and Iyan for Ekiti and Ondo states, a situation which regrettably is no longer attainable.

This according to him is because people now prefer to eat rice and drink tea with bread.

“This has made the south-west region not to be able to feed itself and this is a major challenge”.

He also cautioned the youths against involving in various negative vices.

In his good will message, the Governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi stated that youths have to be up and doing and embrace hard work in order to be successful in life.

Giving his own life example, he revealed that throughout his eight years sojourn in the United States of America, his parents only sent him $30 and to aid his education he had to do odd jobs like dressing of corpses to make ends meet.

On his part, he charged the youths to always show respect to elders as custodian of constituted authority.

Speaking on the behalf of the royal fathers, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi hinted that in the fight against corruption, the mindset heads it all.

He urged the government to set up modalities that would see that the youths are taken off the streets.

By so doing, crimes and other social vices perpetrated by the youths and the aged would to a large extent be curbed.

The Oluwo also called on the Osun State House of Assembly to enact an Enlightenment Act which will be a standard to measure the quality of youth engagements.

Regional Youths Summit: Western Nigeria Youths Insist On Restructuring

By Gbenga Adeniyi

Youths of the Western Nigeria have insisted on the pursuance of restructuring of the current federal arrangement which would give birth to a hub for tourism and agricultural competitiveness, an educated workforce, a technologically developed urban centres, a peaceful, secured and a less dependent on oil region.

These were the resolutions in a communiqué after a two-day Regional Youth Summit of the Western Nigeria, with a theme: “PRODUCTIVITY, PROSPERITY AND PEACE held in Osogbo on Wednesday.

According to the youths, from history, the golden era of the region was in the era of regional governments, saying that there should be reversion to a system of federalism based on regionalism.

They affirmed their believe in one united Nigeria based on fairness, equity and strict adherence to the doctrine of federalism, separation of powers and rule of law, saying there was the need to enshrine in the Federal constitution a role for plebiscites or referendums on certain issues of public importance.

The communiqué further noted that youths in the Western region should be encouraged to participate in political governance at both the legislative and executive levels, saying the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ proposal should be properly institutionalised at both federal and state elections.

On security, while condemning the incessant herdsmen attacks on innocent people across the country, they appealed to the federal government to act as a matter of urgency to avert massive reprisal attacks.

They also called for the enactment of anti-open grazing laws throughout the country, while commercially driven ranches be established.

The communiqué further stressed that joint actions would be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region.

On Entrepreneurial Development, the youths advocated that support and policies in Business Development and Entrepreneurial skill Development, as well as Financial Literacy Training should be deployed in states of the region to tackle poor entrepreneurial skills and financial illiteracy.

They also called for the institutionalisation “of legal and regulatory frameworks to harmonise and simplify the regime of taxes and levies, while state governments should make public their services, procedures, cost and redress mechanism to encourage payment of taxes to lessen reliance on federal allocation”.

“The creative economy and informal economy (film, music, fashion, food, photography etc) should be properly structured to stimulate creativity and economic growth.

“Enablers should be put in place so that agriculture value chain can be optimised for youth participation.

On education, they resolved that the ultimate goal of education should essentially be to produce the quintessential Omoluabi, both in content and character, saying, “Our education should bring enlightenment to the human mind; prepare people for the world of work; provide the platform for leadership recruitment and provide the means for character building, especially the development of the Total Man”.

The participants then agreed that the 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction, saying, “to articulate the shared values and aspirations of the Region in a living document and translating such to implementable actions and interventions will definitely make Western Nigeria a most preferred place to live, to work and to invest in the near future”.

Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit


The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

Be Hardworking, Shun Miracle Money – Aregbesola Urges Youths

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged youths to shun social vices, searching for “Miracle Money” and rather be hard working.

Aregbesola said this while addressing youths at the State Youth Summit tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace.” at WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the State capital on Tuesday.

The State Governor also urged the youths from the six States in the western region to imbibe the spirit of adding values to the society through beneficial innovations.

“Discover yourself and plan the discovery to develop your space not through “Yahoo” or seeking “Miracle Money”. Work is not about getting money, it is about adding value to the society and education without critical thinking is nothing, so work to add value to your society.” He added.

In his speech, the Governor’s counterpart in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi also charged the youths to be determined to succeed through hard work, adding that he washed corpses for eight years to sponsor his schooling in the United States.

Ajimobi who lauded Aregbesola for hosting the Youth summit, revealed that his state would be hosting the next youth summit.

“Hardwork is the only way to success, decide to succeed, be knowledgeable and well behaved and optimize the opportunities around you to get the much dreamed about Nigeria.

In their separate addresses, the representative of the Ogun State Government, Bashorun Adebola Adeife and the representative of the Ondo State Government, Mr Alfred Agboola implored the youths to be more productive.

Highlights of the programme included cultural displays and dramas by students from various government schools in the state.

Yoruba Youths Insist on Restructuring, Condemn Herdsmen Attacks

By Nofisat Marindoti

Yoruba Youths in the Western Region of Nigeria have insisted on restructuring the country in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The youths agreed on this at the 1st Western Youth Summit hosted by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN on Wednesday.

The two days Summit held in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, drew academia and top dignitaries from all walks of life in the country which included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who declared the Summit open on Tuesday.

The youths also condemned the recent clashes between farmers and herdsmen and implored the Federal Government to address the issue immediately.

Asking that the anti-open grazing law be implemented in all the states, the Western youths called for fairness, rule of law, separation of power and equity in government, adding that the “Not too young to rule law” be implemented at both states and federal levels.

In his speech, the Oba of Oke Ila-Orangan, HRM Adedokun Abolarin urged the youths to be creative and innovative in order to reduce poverty to the lowest rate.

“Success is hardwork, believe in yourself and see the beauty in your environment. Be organized, responsible and make marks in the sand of time.