GONE were the days when traditional rulers were next to gods, as investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER in Osun State has shown that majority of the natural rulers have lost their prestige and cultural values, for partisan politics.
Findings revealed that the partisan approach of some monarchs to issues relating to the development of their communities have turned the ancestral palaces to mere party secretariat annexes.
It was learnt that some of the monarchs in Osun State have started attending political meetings of the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for various reasons that are not unconnected with personal gains.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the Oodua’s traditional home, Ile-Ife, currently occupied by Ooni Okunade Sijuwade has become mocked Ward ‘12’, where the political patronage from the PDP in Ife zone was said to be shared at the instance of the monarch.
In the state capital, Osogbo, dominated by Action Congress (AC) faithful, the Ataoja’s palace has been mocked by some indigenes, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER as an unofficial PDP secretariat.
According to a high chief, who pleaded anonymity, “People of Osogbo are no longer defer to the palace, even for development issues or traditional matters because of their perception of the traditional institution; we recognize that there is a trouble.
It would be recalled that the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Adedotun was in 2007 attacked by some political thugs at the state secretariat of PDP, when the monarch visited the secretariat for an undisclosed reason.
However, investigation has further revealed that Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration has given more powers to the monarchs, to the extent that majority of the traditional rulers were made to select their choice candidates for PDP during 2007 council polls.
Speaking on the development, former Osogbo Local Government Council boss, Alhaji Buraimoh Adeniyi stated that the investigation was very correct, saying that the PDP government has stratified the state into class war.
“It is clear that our state is stratified today into have and have-out. People are no longer interested in our traditional rulers, because they have compromised their natural duties for partisan politics. I must say that this has taken toll on the respect for their stools. And I must also say that our religious leaders are affected too.” Adeniyi explained.
By GOKE BUTIKA