Chieftaincy Tussle Tears Community Apart
According to investigations, trouble started last February after the death of the former monarch of the community, Oba Nathaniel Akindele Orisabiyi when the kingmakers consequently declared the stool vacant.
It was gathered that the kingmakers and the entire indigenes of the town were rooting for an indigene to be their new monarch, which was against the wish of few non-indigenes who were allegedly rooting for an Awori man to be crowned.
At a peace parley summoned by the youths of the town and attended by hundreds of the indigenes, the head of the Youths, Muibi Olatunji frowned at a situation where few individuals will impose themselves over a majority of people.
His words, “this is a town that is purely an Egba settlement in Abeokuta North local government. We have no lineage with the Aworis, so we could not fathom how an Awori man would now be imposed on us to be our new monarch.”
“The last time the town witnessed absolute peace and development was during the reign of Oba Fatona, the last administration was a very bad era in the history of Ilewo Orile, and we will not pray to have such a period again,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Lisa of Ilewo, Chief Asamu Oke sued for peace and urged the people to present their grievances before the authority in a peaceful manner adding, “only six people who thought they are powerful are against us, we will not wish that our situation turns to the predicament of people of Ado-Odo town, but I will advice that we go about our agitation with peace.
“I am one of the kingmakers, we all know that this Awori man does not belong to any of the four ruling houses in this community, so there is no way he could reign over us.” He said Ilewo Orile must have an indigene as its monarch.
Speaking in the same vein, the Bobagbimo of Ilewo, Chief Aremu Oluremi called on the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and the state government to urgently wade into the crisis before it snowballs into loss of lives and property.
“We can’t afford to witness what happened in Ikere-Ekiti and Ado-Odo to happen here, the sooner the government waded into the matter the better, the government and stakeholders on the chieftaincy matter must know that a populist monarch is the wish of the people and not a non-indigene.”