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Ooni Attends First Osun Council Of Obas Meeting

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 at 9:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Enitan Adeyeye, Ojaja II on Thursday made first appearance at the Osun State Council of Obas held at the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.

Though there were palpable fear that the meeting may be erupt in crisis over alleged leadership crisis in the council as Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, Owa Obokun of Ijesaland had once claimed chiarmanship of the council after the demise of late Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II.

Though Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye arrived the meeting late, other traditional rulers had been seated and already in the middle of the meeting when Ooni arrived.

Some of the traditional rulers had begun to nurse fear when the Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran almost kick-started the meeting without Ooni’s presence.

It would be recalled that barely one week to the official presentation of staff and instrument of office to the 41-year-old Ooni Ogunwusi,  when the Owa while briefing the press at the end of the Obas, monthly meeting in Osogbo said his councils’ members have unanimously appointed him the substantive chairman of the state traditional council of Obas.
Oba Aromolaran acted as the chairman of the state council of Obas after the demise of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okuade Sijuwade on July 28 2015.

Though the press were not allowed into the meeting, it was gathered that
When the Ooni arrived, the atmosphere changed. His aides brought a personal white chair for him.

Narrating how the proceedings went during the meeting, another traditional ruler said, tension only reduced when the Owa introduced himself as the Deputy.

“The acting Chairman when he was introducing himself said he was the Deputy Chairman. It means he recognised the head,” the monarch said.

While speaking to our correspondent, the Onigbaye of Igbaiyeland Odo-Otin Local Government Area, His Royal Majesty, Oba Joseph Okunola-Oni?, said protocol was followed during the meeting.

He added, “The meeting went on fantastic because it happens to be the first meeting of the year and the first time the newly coronated Ooni of Ife will have a meeting with us. It was successful.

“There is no cause for alarm. The king was introduced to everyone of us officially, especially his office as representative of Oduduwa and we embraced him.

“It’s just a ‘mis-protocol’. We at the Council recognise the Ooni as the Chairman. It has been gazetted and nobody can upturn that. He came here for the first time and he cannot say that of his status, he should should begin to lead or moderate. During the interrugnum, somebody had to act. The person acting is not the substantial chairman. If anybody is calling the person the chairman, it is not the wishes of all the members of the Council of Oba. We only recognise Ooni of Ile-Ife as the permanent Chairman, so no dispute about it.”

“Among the traditional rulers sigthed at the meeting were: ?Timi of Ede; Olobu; Olokuku; Odundun IV; Adedeji. Akirun of Ikirun; Alayegun of Odeomu; Olu of Wakajaye; Oba agun; and Olokun.
Others are Awara; Lowa Adimula; HRM Olunisa; Elerin and Olukoyi.