“I strictly have reservations for the new strategy employed by some residents of Ilowa town, who were protesting to the state government Secretariat, seeking the intervention of the governor in the matter. This is not the right time to seek the help of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a matter that is capable of hauling the integrity of the entire state into the mud, bearing in mind that he (Aregbesola) proved his case in the governorship litigation beyond all reasonable doubts before competent courts of law and was eventually vindicated.”
It is always very disturbing that man, would for the sake of five minutes’ pleasure give up all that he had laboured for; family, career, fame and integrity to go between the legs of a woman. Having ruminated over the subject for months, I then drew a conclusion that man is under some sort of divine curses for his inability to exercise restraint over his hormonal urges when it matters most.
I want my readers to criticise my historical analysis as much as possible. In the beginning of life, Adam the source of mankind was left alone with Evein the Garden of Eden with an instruction that they steer clear of each other, but in the long run, Adam could not stomach the frustration of his partner and had to succumb to eating the forbidden fruit.
This led to the first ever conflict between man and God, leading to the ostracising of mankind from the beautiful garden of Eden. This historical event marked the making of mankind and ever since then, the male folk had been unable to control their testosterone and on many occasions, it had been his source of down-fall.
After Adam, King Solomon (Prophet Sulaiman) was the next to show how men is much of a slave to his sexual urge, when he, despite having in his possession 99 women, decided to go after the wife of one of his subjects to have a feel of what was between her legs.
In contemporary times, many world powerful men had at various times fallen victims of their inability to exercise restraint in their sexual conduct, especially when they found themselves alone with daughters of Eve. One of the most prominent ones was the popular trial of the former American President Bill Clinton, over his alleged rape of a staff of the White House, Miss Monica Lewinsky. Though, Clinton was later vindicated, but not after the trial had almost dragged the integrity of the country and that of the Clinton family into the mud.
The world was also thrown stirred with the sexual saga of the renowned world number one golfer, Tiger Woods, whose career was thrown away with the tip of a finger just for the sake of getting between the legs of a lady. His home, career, integrity and class never remained the same since the saga. Though he was back on the golf course, but things have really since been messy in his life after satisfying his sexual urges outside his marriage.
Many powerful men have also in recent times fallen victims of their inability to exercise restraint when alone with beautiful women. Mr. Strauss Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who had lost face over alleged sexual assault on a girl, the former England national team and Chelsea Football Club of England Captain, John Terry was stripped of his captainship of the three lions over his illegal sexual act with girlfriend of a member of his team and more recently, the legendary Ryan Giggs, was almost forced into retirement for stooping low to go about sowing his natural liquid in the wrong place.
What is more prominent in this issue is the alleged rape case against a traditional ruler in our dear state of the virtuous, Osun, a custodian of traditions and a royal majesty, the Alowa of Ilowa, Oba Olubukola Alli, who was alleged to have raped a former corps member posted to his town to serve her fatherland. I would not have bothered to comment on the issue, since it is before a court of law, but the strategy adopted by some people from the town deserved a critical examination.
During the first arraignment of the suspect, the question that begs for answers include why the court would ask journalists not to cover the proceedings? Why was the suspect complaining of media coverage of the story after the victim had summoned the courage to speak with the press? Why is the suspect desperate to be excused from trial by coming up with controversial health claims? Well, I am not in a position to answer these and other questions begging for response.
Every observer at the court were always amazed at the way his royal majesty tried to outwit the Chief Magistrate. I am one of those who believe that instead of the suspect claiming sickness, he should be strong to prove his innocence in the allegation, which is fast eating up is reputation (if he had any of it) and that of his ancestors.
I strictly have reservations for the new strategy employed by some residents of Ilowa town, who were protesting to the state government Secretariat, seeking the intervention of the governor in the matter. This is not the right time to seek the help of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a matter that is capable of hauling the integrity of the entire state into the mud, bearing in mind that he (Aregbesola) proved his case in the governorship litigation beyond all reasonable doubts before competent courts of law and was eventually vindicated.
This is the time for the Alowa-in-council to stand up for justice, not just for the victim, but, also for the monarch. He should be allowed to prove his innocence before the court of law, like the former American president did, and if found guilty, he should be made to face the wrath of the law, after all, the law is not a respecter of anyone.
What the protesters from Ilowa did forget to consider include; if the governor is to intervene in the matter, what kind of precedence would he be setting in his effort to enthrone rule of law in the state? Would the intervention of the state government prove the innocence of the monarch-suspect? My opinion is that this allegation of rape provides an opportunity for the suspect to clear his name and show the whole world that he is really worthy of being a custodian of the Ilowa people’s heritage.
Whichever way the pendulum swings at the court, what is clear is that the Alowa had a one-on-one opportunity with his victim, for whatever reason I could not say, but he was not able to restrain himself when it mattered most and today, his credibility is being subjected to public scrutiny.
The questions that beg for answers include; how many more powerful men would continue to fall cheap to the curse? Who would come to the rescue of the male folk or you think you are immuned from it?