Oluwo Debunks Purported Date Of Iwo Day

……Says Iwo Day Remains 23rd of December, 2017

Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi Telu 1 has dissociated himself from a purported Invitation Card announcing the celebration of Iwo Day on 16th November, 2017.

Oluwo described the Invitation Card which has his name as the one inviting people to Iwo Day Celebration on 16th of November, 2017 as a fake, null and void.

He also said it is impersonation of the highest order to use his name to invite anyone to a celebration he knows nothing about.

In a release signed by the Oluwo himself, He further enjoined the entire public to be wary of those going around with the invitation cards, saying they are simply doing it purposely for their selfish interest and not that of the interest of the entire Iwo people.

“The 2017 Iwo Day has been fixed for 23rd of December, 2017. This date  was agreed after a concensus was reached by Oluwo and Iwo Board of Trustees (The umbrella body of all clubs and associations and the apex decision making body in Iwoland). Those people going around peddling all sorts of rumors about Oluwo canceling this year Iwo Day are enemies of this land.”

Oluwo also warned anyone going around using his name to invite people to Iwo Day Celebration on 16th of December, 2017 to desist from such act, adding that the only approved date for the celebration of Iwo Day 2017 as approved by Oluwo of Iwoland and Iwo Board of Trustees is 23rd December, 2017.

OBJ, Tinubu, Others To Storm 50th Birthday Bash Of Oluwo

Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwoland has said eminent Nigerians are expected to attend his second anniversary on throne and 50th birthday on 7th of October.

Oluwo, in statement he persinally signed said: “As a responsible father I am thirsty of development. There are two Iwos: the old Iwo and the new Iwo. The new Iwo is the best because we have migrated from obscurity to light. The name is everywhere now and big investments are underway.

According to him, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are among many dignitaries expected to grace the event marking his 50th birthday and coronation anniversary.

According the statement, the State Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will be the chief host to the invited guests.

According to the Monarch, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga and Femi Otedola as well as Akin Ogunbiyi and Wale Babalakin, are other dignitaries expected at the much publicized event.

He added that traditional rulers expected at the event are Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa`ad Abubakar, Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdulwahab Olukayode, Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, Osile Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Etsu of Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and  other high ranking monarchs.

Court Strikes Out Oluwo/ Oluwo Oke’s Case

An Osogbo Chief Magistrate Court on Wednesday (15th February, 2017) struck out the case between Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi and Oluwo of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye in the spirit of fostering peaceful and harmonious relationship within the domains of the two traditional rulers.

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi tendered a letter of apology and discontinuance of the suit filed against him by the complainant.

The Magistrate, Mrs Sodamade Fatimoh, struck out the substantive case against Oba Akanbi on the ground of the peaceful move initiated by both traditional rulers.

Fatimoh said, the complaint had earlier applied to the court for the withdrawal of the suit on the 3rd January, 2017, while the defense Counsel, Chief Yekini Olaide tendered a letter of apology and discontinuance of the suit against his client on the 15th February, 2017.

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi verbally apologised to the Magistrate for his attitude shown during his trial.

“I am a friend of the judiciary and I never meant to disrespect the court.

“When there was threat to close down the High Court and Magistrates Court in Iwo land, I took it upon myself.

“I renovated the High Court and Magistrates buildings, put new furniture and other things but to mention a few.

“All what happened was misinformation and my feelings had been tendered in the letter before the Court’, he said.

Counsel to the Plaintiff, Mrs Oyedele Yusuf, however, agreed to the withdrawal of both the substantive case and the contempt of court against Oluwo of Iwo.

Osun Assembly Tasks New Oluwo On Communal Peace And Development

The Assembly made the call through a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye to congratulate the monarch on his coronation and presentation of staff office.

Osun State House of Assembly has charged the new Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi to lead in the crusade for peaceful coexistence, community development, security and improved commerce.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun presenting instrument of appointment to a ruling house chieftaincy to Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun presenting instrument of appointment to a ruling house chieftaincy to Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi

They also urged the monarch as custodian of tradition to protect the cultures and virtues of Yoruba people.

The Assembly made the call through a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye to congratulate the monarch on his coronation and presentation of staff office.

Oba Abdul-Rasheed mounted the throne about three years after the demise of his predecessor, the late Oba Asiru Olatunbosun Tadese who died on February 18, 2013.

The Assembly which stressed that Iwo is known for cattle keeping and abattoir management , urged the monarch to do everything possible to promote this venture and possibly modernise it.

It implore the monarch to also explore landmarks and tourism potential in the ancient town.

Similarly at a visit of the Assembly members to the monarch’s palace, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam said the culture of Yoruba should be promoted beyond the shores of Nigeria.

Noting that the emergence of the monarch has shown that the youths have decided to take up the development of their communities, he urged the king to use his youthful energy, to bear for the development as well as promotion of peace and unity in Iwoland, Osun and Nigeria in general.

The Speaker urged the monarch to use his position to sensitise the people to support the government through prompt payment of their taxes and other dues.

Expressing optimism that credentials of the monarch speaks volume of his exposure, candor and resourcefulness, the Assembly admonished the king to bring all these qualities to bear on the throne.

The parliament further implored the monarch to use his position to sustain the religious harmony that has been in existence in the ancient town over the years.

Stressing that Iwo has continued to enjoy religious harmony, it said this must be sustained by all possible means.

The legislature also noted that since the monarch has established himself in the entrepreneurship and corporate world, he should use his position to assist the government in its quest to provide jobs for the teeming youths of the state.

“While the government is doing all it could to develop the ancient town, we are optimistic that the enthronement of Oba Abdul-Rasheed would also assist the government in this regard”, it said.

The Assembly then commended all the ruling houses, the contenders for the throne and the entire people of Iwoland for the peaceful manner they comport themselves during the selection process of the new monarch.

It stressed that the manner in which they harmoniously resolved their differences during the selection process showed that they buy into Governor Aregbesola agenda of ensuring Communal Peace and Progress in the state.

The legislature also congratulated the Osun state government, the Council of Obas, and the descendants of Iwoland, home and abroad for the peaceful transition.

The Assembly then charged him to join hands with other traditional rulers and government at all levels to inspire harmony, peace and development in the state and the country at large.

It also urged the people of the ancient town to support the new monarch in his efforts to make Iwoland the pride of all.

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