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Ekiti community wants monarch depose

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By Ayodele Oni, Ekiti

 

Palpable fear, apprehension and tension now envelope the sleepy and agrarian community of Isaoye, in Moba local government area of Ekiti state as the people push for the dethronement of their monarch, Oba Gabriel Olajide.

 

Every movement of people, especially strangers into the town is being monitored with such visitors thoroughly scrutinize to ensure that they are not sneaking into the  community the monarch who has fled the town for almost a year now.

 

Our correspondent gathered during a visit to Isaoye that Oba Olajide has lost face with his people, the youths, women folk and chiefs barely immediately after presentation of staff of office to him in 2017.

 

His last visit to the town, according to his second in command, Chief Sunday Ogidi was on 14th August, 2018, while he has not spent a night in the community since his ascention to the throne.

 

The catalogue of Oba Olajide’s problems as presented by his people that spoke through Chief Ogidi are 13 in number among which are his refusal to perticipate in necessary and important traditional rites and rituals during his installation and alleged high handedness in handling issues.

 

Others include alleged destruction of some traditional antiquities, assault on his chiefs as well as engaging in acts unbecoming of a traditional ruler such as street fighting and using security agents to harass his people.

 

The people that spoke were unanimous in their statement that Oba Olajide is no longer the Obasaoye of Isaoye as necessary rites of passage usually carried out at the demise of a traditional ruler had been performed to stamp his exit.

 

Buttressing this, another member of the Oba in council, Chief Mike Ogundipe, the Ejemu explained that “Isaoye has no Oba at present as necessary rites of passage had been performed and we have written to the state government that the stool is vacant.

 

” We reported him to Moba traditional Council several times and Ekiti state Council of Obas is equally aware of his vices. If he returns to this community, there will be war.”

 

According to him, the community is only waiting for the outcome of the committee set up by the state government to look into the crisis before deciding on the next line of action.

 

Not only has Isaoye traditional chiefs written to the state government to depose the monarch, his immediate family  Aduanjolomo Royal Family has equally communicated its stand in a letter that it could no longer guarantee his continued rulership of the town.

 

But, Oba Olajide in an interview denied the allegations levelled against him, saying that his religious leaning which forbids idolatry and his desire to change some things die not go down well with the people.

 

Oba Olajide, a serving police officer, explained that his choice among seven princes was through consultation with ifa  Oracle. “They brought an ifa  priest from outside the town and;  was picked as the best out of seven princes.

 

” There is a difference between rites and idol worshiping. What they want me to do is to join them to worship other gods.

 

“My mission on the throne is to change things in that community. If their gods have not being able to bring good things to the town, they should try my own God.”

 

On his purported abdication of the throne for over a year, the monarch stated that he decided to stay away from the town when his life was being threatened.

 

“It was former Governor Ayo Fayose that gave me staff of office during his first term. I don’t want bloodshed, that is why I stay away from the town. Even at my hiding place, they still attempt to attack me and my family.

 

” Some times, I went with a pastor to pray in the town since it is part of my responsibility to pray for peace every year. It was then they alleged that I came to destroy their deities. If they don’t want me, I will continue to stay outside, the meeting point may not be now.

 

Asked whether he will abide by outcome of the committee set up by the state government on the crisis, Oba Olajide said “I have a right to abide, reject or appeal against it.

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