Youths protest alleged plot to impose monarch in Ekiti community
The people of Orin Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government yesterday came out in their numbers to protest against an alleged plan by the state government to impose a monarch on the them.
They accused the government of promoting crisis in the town by encouraging a candidate from no existing ruling house to take over the kingship of the town, contrary to history and tradition of the community.The stool of Olorin of Orin Ekiti became vacant following the death of Oba Oluwole Olubunmo in 2015.
The protesters carrying various placards with the following Inscriptions: ‘No third ruling house in Orin’. ‘Imposition won’t work‘We won’t allow perversion of history’, among others Speaking to newsmen on the development, Chief Francis Falua, the Eletin of Etin and head of kingmakers said the only recognized royal families that could be installed king following customs and traditions dated back to over two hundred years are the Olubunmo and Famokiti families.
The kingmaker described the attempt by the Ekiti government to meddle in the traditional affairs of the people as a serious perversion and mutilation of history, “The government is adding a non existing ruling house, the Idimeyinsunwon as the third ruling house, contrary to tradition that recognizes two ruling houses”.He described as illegal and surreptitious, attempt by government to bring another ruling house from a family that had never occupied the
traditional stool since the formation of the town.
Falua was assisted by two other living kingmakers; the Onikare, Chief Bamidele Fasuyi and Obaooye, Chief Gabriel Olofinro, while three of the existing six kingmakers in the town had died.
The Kingmaker insisted that from tradition and oral rendition, the town had never had a third ruling house, saying such coming up now was an aberration.He noted it was the turn of Famokiti to produce the king since the late Oba Oluwole Olubunmo was from Olubunmo ruling house.
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