The Osun State government has declared that the Kiriji War site, located in Imesi-Ile in Obokun Local Government Council Area of the state belongs to the state government and that the state is ready to develop it.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mr Sikiru Ayedun spoke on Tuesday during the state Executive Council visit to Kiriji War site, where Peace Treaty was signed among Yorubas to end a 400 year-old war and other historical sites and monuments in the state to
mark the 2011 World Tourism Day.
He spoke on the heels of the purported function held in the site last week Friday, allegedly facilitated by the Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr Sunday Ojo-Williams who reportedly claimed that he had gotten approval from the state government when in actual fact he did not.
Ayedun said that “what happened here last week was to the great displeasure of the state government; that an
individual can be here and be performing a function without informing or getting the state along. However, a caution
must be taken. For anybody to come into the monument is a criminal act and should not henceforth happen again.
Whoever caught in the site doing such things without taking approval from the state government, particularly my
ministry, would be dealt with”.
“The Kiriji war site belongs to Osun State; it is our heritage; it is concretely linked to our history; it is our own to develop and we shall develop it”, he noted.
Going down memory lane, the commissioner recalled that on September 23, 1886, 125 years ago, the treaty was signed
at the site for the cessation of war among Yoruba people, which had claimed lives of the strong and vulnerable people of the race, noting that with the treaty, the Yoruba nation emerged with a unique identity, which now makes the race a most cohesive people, who are aware of the fact that their prosperity lies in the unified strength.
“In honour of our forefathers, those who paid the supreme sacrifice to carve out our unique identity, those who gave us a pride of place, we must not allow evil mongers to operate among us anymore. The Ekitis must embrace Ijesas; the Oyo must love their brothers and sisters in Osun. We must love one another and have the same focus”, he state.
According to him, the present administration of Aregbesola is committed to developing the culture of the people of the state with a view to driving tourism to earn the people of the state enormous wealth, saying; “we are committed to preserving and developing our historical sites”.
The visiting state executive council members had earlier visited Jalumi War site in Inisa, Odo-Otin Local Government
Council Area of the state, which is a portion of the river, where all the warriors coming to fight Yorubas sank and died, as well as the tomb of the popular Ijesa Warrior, Chief Orosariyibi Ogedengbe Agbogungboro in Ilesa.
The Owa-Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran; the Olunisa of Inisa, Oba Joseph Fasinkun; Owa-Ooye of Imesi-
Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi and the Owa of Igbajo, Oba Olufemi Fasakin, in their separate addresses, applauded the present administration for taking cultural heritage of the state seriously.
The monarchs expressed hope that all the historical sites and monuments in the state would be developed into world
class tourist centres for the benefit of the people of the state.