Faruq Kushoro and Odeyinka Oluwatobi
The Ogun state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Jide Ojuko has tendered his resignation letter as a commissioner in the Ogun State cabinet.
The commissioner resigned on Wednesday in a letter addressed to the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun through the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa.
His resignation came barely 14 days into the expiration of the Sen. Ibikunle Amosun led Ogun State administration.
Ojuko, who hails from Aworiland, disclosed in his resignation letter that his conscience is pricked over the recent development in the land in relation to installation of traditional rulers.
The letter reads in part, “It pained me from the bottom of my heart to give a notice of my resignation to a boss I love so much.
“By my appointment, I represent my people from Awori stock, my local government, and the entire state. After service, I will have no choice than to go back home and settled down with my family and my people with total peace of mind.
“Recent events are making me believe that this plan may not be feasible if I have to continue serving in my capacity as the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. The ultimate, therefore, is that I shall become an outcast among my people. At my age this is avoidable.
“By my background as a Civil and public servant is to be obedient and loyal to my boss, but your recent directive on the issue of Obaship in some areas in Ota state constituency runs against my conscience, the wish and yearnings of my people that I represent.”
Earlier, Traditional chiefs in Ota-Awori Council, Ogun State, have accused the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu of an alleged plot to impose traditional rulers on them, adding that the act was against the culture of the land.
The Seriki of Otta, High chief Olarenwaju Bashorun disclosed this during a press briefing at the NUJ, Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Oke-ilewo, Abeokuta, the State capital.
He said the Olota of Ota is the only prescribed traditional authority who has the sole right to install traditional leaders in Awori land not the Alake nor Olowu.
According to him, it is enshrined in the tradition of the ancient land that the Olota of Ota is the only prescribed traditional authority who has the sole right to install traditional leaders in Awori Land.
The traditional chiefs also call on the state governor to speedily convene a security council meeting in order to prevent such illegal installation.
Describing the intervention as a breach of tradition of the people, the chiefs lamented that the men being imposed on them by the Obas in questions were not biological sons of the land as their ancestors could not be traced to Awori land.
“We are surprised to hear from credible sources that certain elements are bent on foisting some people without traceable histories within Awori land as Obas and Baales in some Awori towns. Ordinarily, we would have ignored this as another way of causing disaffection and mischief against the government of the day and our good people.
“Indeed, we have been told that against conscience, common sense and justice that some new Obas, whose ancestors were not biologically, historically and circumstantially linked with the Awori nor had any affiliation with the kingship institution, would be installed before the end of the month. Any such action or endeavour without the consent of Olota of Ota is an exercise in futility and would be resisted with every legitimate means available to us.
“The affected Awori towns we learnt are Sango-Ota, Atan-Ota, Ijoko-Ota, Abule Lemomu, Oke Ore, Adekoyeni among others. Our people are peace-loving, but impositions like these are tantamount to taking our patience beyond limit. Yorubas are known to be cultured people. Nobody without the blue blood running in their veins and properly nominated by a ruling house can ascend the traditional stood in our culture. We say no to this perfidy and ordination of non-princes as Kings.
“It is an established historical fact that the Olota is the prescribed traditional authority over all the land, towns, villages with the suffix Ota, including Sango-Ota, Atan-Ota, and all others. It, therefore, amounts to a denigration of that sacred institution that has endured for over 500 years without recourse to the traditional ruler. The first Olota was installed in 1621. It is sad that the already marginalized Awori people’s will is being tested this way. We cannot fold our hands to any further subjugation.
“As peace-loving people, we call on all men and women of goodwill, traditional and religious leader, statesmen and women, community leaders, security agencies and political leaders to stop whoever is poised to foment trouble in the name of installing non-Awori’s as Obas in Aworiland. It is our belief that the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun is a man of peace and may not be aware of this sad development. We hereby call on him to speedily convene a security council meeting to nip in the bud the activities of these merchants of discord in our communities and prevent such illegal installations from taking place. As our people say ‘ibere ogun laamo, ko seeni to nmo igbehin ogun’ (you can only know the beginning of war, nobody known the end)”.