Apologise now to Owa of Idanre, indigenes tell Akeredolu
Indigenes of Idanre, in Idanre Local Council of Ondo State, have berated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for disrespecting their monarch, the Owa of Idanre, Oba Frederick Aroloye.
They, therefore, demanded an unreserved apology from him to the monarch.
The people of the ancient community, under the aegis of the Highlanders Club of Idanre, lamented that it is an abomination to be rude to Owa of Idanre.
A former President of the association, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, in a statement in Akure, urged the governor to stop insulting the traditional institution in the state.
“The Highlanders Club of Idanre has joined other clubs and eminent Idanre sons and daughters both at home and in the Diaspora to condemn in very strong terms, the unpolished, uncultured, unethical and unguarded insults meted to the Owa of Idanre in a recent telephone discussion with him.
“The Owa of Idanre is the oldest in age and on the throne among all the paramount rulers in the entire Ondo State. Therefore, he could be referred to as the dean of the entire Ondo paramount rulers.
“He deserves respect from all, including Akeredolu himself as the governor, as well as a son of Oduduwa,” he said.
MEANWHILE, the community and the state government had been involved in conflict over the sale of their cocoa farmland to some companies, thereby displacing over 20,000 farmers.
Akinfeleye, who is also the Gbekoniyi of Idanre Kingdom, said: “We wish to remind Akeredolu that he, as the governor of Ondo State, has no constitutional or administrative authority to garnish or illegally seize, acquire or allocate Idanre land to any company or individuals without proper consultation with Owa of Idanre and the over 20,000 cocoa farmers who have been farming on the land even before Aketi was born.
“We call on Akeredolu to look into the records and see that no governor, military or civilian, has ever insulted a first class Oba in Ondo State.
“We also call on Akeredolu to look at the history books and records to see that the land was ceded to Owa and Idanre people as far back as 1918 by the colonial rulers.”
He, therefore, alongside other Makanres, urged Akeredolu to urgently tender an unreserved public apology to the Owa of Idanre and the Makanres in general.