Royal Rumble: Oluwo, Ooni Clash At Traditional Council Meeting

The traditional rulers summit which took place in Port-Harcourt last Tuesday was almost marred by an unpleasant confrontation between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Adewale Akanbi ,and the Chief Securiy Officer (CSO) to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

The tense situation could have snowballed into a bigger crisis but for reason that eventually prevailed.

The incident occurred at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the Ooni of Ife ,Oba Ogunwusi had just finished giving a vote of thanks, and was on his way back to his seat when his CSO, Mr. Emmanuel Olawale Kolawole, who led other security aides of the monarch allegedly had a brush with the Oluwo, who appeared to be blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat.

The Oluwo, it was learnt, was by then discussing with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau, who shared the high table with the Ooni and the Rivers State gover, Nyesome Wike.

A source in the Oluwo’s court who witnessed the incident alleged that the CSO out of overzealousness, threatened to push the monarch if he did not give way for Ooni to pass.

He was said to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties to “take it easy” and pushed him out of the way.

A visibly embarrassed Oluwo, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council had to step aside to pave way for Ooni to get to his seat, the source said.

But the media aide to the Ooni, Comrade Moses Olafare, denied that such scenario ever happened in Port Harcourt.

Olafare lamented that the report was not only shocking and a big surprise but also misleading, adding that there was no iota of truth in it.

Some of the guests at the event, and other eye witnesses accounts reported observing Ooni expressing satisfaction with the conduct of his CSO.

Some dignitaries at the event were however taken aback on what they considered as desecration of the crown wondering loudly how Ooni’s CSO could have the effrontery to push a first class paramount ruler of Oluwo’s status.

The security detail concerned, Kolawole, also denied pushing the Oluwo or manhandling him, although he admitted in a telephone interview that the had an encounter with the monarch in the course of discharging his legitimate duty.

He said he could not have disrespected a revered Oba as a true Yoruba son, but maintained that he had a duty to secure his principal.

According to him, when the Ooni finished his speech and was returning to his seat beside the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdurahman Dambazzau and the Rivers state governor ,as well as some Emirs ,he quickly moved to receive and sit behind him.

“I didn’t expect the Oluwo to stand there because his seat was not there. So, I only excused and asked him to move away from there. I didn’t push him as alleged’’.

Emmanuel who reiterated that he was only doing his job added; ’’I’m the Ooni’s CSO, and all the other CSOs sat behind their principals.

He also denied that he acted on the instruction or the approval of Ooni Adeyeye, saying that he was not aware of any cold war between the two royal fathers. “Eyan wa ni won now, meaning: He (Oluwo) is our own now. How could I have done that?”

Olafare in a reaction added that there were over 100 journalists and 30 camera men at the event, arguing that if such a thing happened, it would have been reported since last when the event was held.

He wondered why the report was being pushed in the media “to cause confusion.”

He said there has been no running battle between the Ooni and Oluwo, adding that when the Ooni arrived the venue of the occasion, Oluwo was the first among the set of prominent traditional rulers and guests that he (the Ooni) greeted.

He, however, argued that what the Oluwo had misunderstood as a molestation by the Ooni’s CSO was a mere protocol assignment that he (the CSO) had the mandate to perform for his principal.

Olafare said that the CSO politely asked the Oluwo to excuse the Ooni to be able to access his seat.

He said that in fairness to him, the Oluwo obliged immediately and the Ooni was able to access his seat.

“Going to the high table to introduce himself to Dambazzau on the high table while the programme was still on and blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat after delivering his speech and blocking the views of other guests was a breach of protocol on the part of the Oluwo.

In any case, when his CSO politely asked him to excuse the Ooni to get to his seat, he obliged in fairness to him and there was no problem. So, it is surprising that Oluwo is now trying to make a case out of this,” Olafare said.

Culled From The Sun Newspaper

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Prays In Osogbo Central Mosque

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun joined other Muslim faithfuls at the Osogbo Central Mosque to observe the two rakat Jumat Prayers on Friday.

He accompanied to the mosque by personal aides and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi Telu the first among others.

Aregbesola used the opportunity to urge the people of the state to troop out en-masse to vote the candidate of their choice during Saturday’s Local Government Parliamentary Elections.

The Governor was cheered by teeming supporters and residents of Osogbo while leaving the Central Mosque.

Oluwo Of Iwo’s Solution To Nigeria’s Fulani Herdsmen And Farmers Clashes

Fulanis across Nigeria have been urged to make Nigerians proud by using alternate grazing with hay storage in feeding their cattle in pens as obtained in advanced countries instead of grazing with a call on the federal government to launch an orientation programme on the construction of pens and provision of hay.

A first class traditional ruler in the State of Osun, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I made the call while receiving some Fulani dignitaries in his palace in Iwo.

A statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, quoted Oluwo as underscoring the importance of Fulani as one of the major providers of food for the nation stressing the need for them to modernize animal  raising by constructing byre for cattle and make provision for sufficient hay as obtained in advanced countries.

Oluwo described the impact of Fulani in meat production as imperative, calling on them to respect international standard of cattle rearing to establish and sustain peaceful affinity with farmers across Nigeria.

Oba Adewale Akanbi therefore called on the federal government to launch an orientation programme on hay and pen development.

The monarch said there is no sense in farmers fighting herdsmen as animal raising is part of farming.

His words ”Herdsmen and farmers are both agriculturists. Both are factors in promoting our economy and must learn to live peacefully. To establish symbiotic relationship, the government has a vital role to play. They need to launch orientation training for the herdsmen and change their direction to alternate grazing with pen construction with adequate hay storage said Oluwo.

“The alternative to grazing is pen with sufficient hay storage. That is how it is done in advanced country. You can never see herdsmen grazing cattle in Europe. The federal government needs to orientate herdsmen across Nigeria to construct byre with adequate hay.”

Aregbesola’s Successor’ll Come From Iwo – Oluwo

Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Ilufemiloye Telu 1, Oluwo of Iwoland has said the zone will produce the next Governor of the state in 2018 to allow a fair balance of Political calculation in the state according to zoning arrangement.

The monarch stated this in his palace when ACCORD PARTY State Chairman in Osun State, Hon. Segun Ayodele Fanibe (Oko-Arugbo) visited him.

“The monarch who was elated in receiving the grassroot politician with the South-West chairman, Alhaji Dokun Babarinde and other Excos said, I’ve heard much about you, please, continuing doing the good works you are doing as there is reward for everything.”

“I know Iwo zone is to be the next Governor of the state and soonest; we will present a marketable candidate.”

“The stool I’m is not my making but God is the one who placed me on the throne and anybody that war against me wage war against God. Such individual will go down naturally and never rise up again.”

“Challenges makes man; if I don’t see challenges in a week, I look for it the following week, because for you to rise up in this world; you must constantly face challenges and overcome it or else you’re dead without challenges,” he said.

Whatever I have is given to me by God and I use it to benefit mankind.

Reason I may decide to trek from Palace to market or around the city to greet my good people.

If I’m driving around I don’t wind my glass up, he said.

While Speaking, Hon. Segun Fanibe said, I deem it fit to pay homage to you for the good work you are doing to make Iwo a better place.”

Group, Iwo Monarch Task New NEITI Boss On Sanity In Extractive Industry

he Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olawale Akanbi‎ has‎ congratulated the‎ Iwo-born Communication Consultant, ex editor at ThisDay Newspaper and Publisher of Metropole‎, Mr. Waziri Adio,‎ over his appointment as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was just a group of professionals from the area, under the aegis of The Vision Group, tasked Adio on service delivery saying this could only stand the new appointee out in the midst of other appointees of the President.

The Vision Group said the extractive industry is crucial to the survival of Nigeria’s economy saying the problems of the industry has been a major factor of the problems facing the economy.

‎In a statement, the Monarch who described Adio as a media guru, praised him for parading very sound and intimidating professional‎ requirement which he said “positioned him as qualified for the job.”‎

Oluwo , in his congratulatory message to Adio which was signed by the Palace Spokesman, Prince Dauda Abimbola, said the new appointee had excelled in his chosen field.

“He parades a record ‎which shows commitment to excellence and scholarship. He is obviously one of those who can inspire our youths to greater things. The President has taken the right decision.

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Iwo land, I congratulate our own Waziri Adio‎ for the new appointment”. The stated

In the same vein, a group of professionals from Iwo, The Vision Group, advised Adio to keep up with the tradition of excellence he is known for in his career as a journalist and communicator.

The Vision Group, in its congratulatory message signed by its conveners, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and Daud Okanlawon, said Nigeria’s extractive industry is the soul of the country’s economy, lamenting that the corruption that had bedeviled the industry over the years is mind blowing.

“This therefore shows that the appointment Adio has now is crucial to the survival of Nigeria and its economy. Corruption in that industry has brought to this level. NEITI, where Adio is to serve as Executive Secretary, the patriotic task of bringing sanity to that industry. We wish him well in this crucial national assignment.”

Oluwo Salutes Osun Police Gallantry, Congratulates Aregbesola On Security Investments

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, on Saturday commended what he called the gallantry of the men of the Nigeria Police Force Osun command while armed robbers made attempt to rob banks in Ikirun on Friday.

Oba Akanbi also congratulated Governor Rauf Aregbesola for having the foresight to consider security as the first major thing to be put in place ahead of everything adding that if not for the adequate provisions made for the police by the Aregbesola Administration robberies such as this would have been carried out with law enforcement agencies looking helpless.

The monarch, in a statement on Saturday which was signed by Spokesman for the Palace, Prince Dauda Abimbola, said without adequate security, investments either local or foreign, would remain a mirage.

“There is no doubt that Osun is impregnable for criminals and this is commendable. This can easily be attributed to the foresight of Governor Aregbesola in considering security most paramount. I am aware of the state’s heavy investments in security equipment. I am aware of about 25 highly sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers provided the police which are so common on our roads in Osun. I am ware of the many patrol vans. Everywhere you, there is a sense of security because you see these highly motivated men and women of the police and other agencies prepared for their jobs.

“What happened in our state on Friday was test case again on the preparedness of our security agencies to combat crime. We must congratulate the government for this and we most salute the gallantry of the officers who showed confidence and prevented the men from their evil plot,” the Oluwo Said.

While congratulating both the Police and the state government, the Oluwo urged them not to relent adding that criminals of today employ new tactics to overwhelm their victims.

He added, “I want to urge the government and the police to intensify efforts in the area of security. Our attempt to promote our culture through tourism would be a mirage if visitors feel unsafe. I also urge residents of the state to be vigilant while cooperating with the law enforcement agencies in the efforts to make Osun uncomfortable for criminal activities.”