Herdsmen Attack; Ooni of Ife, Yoruba Monarch engage in verbal war

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Eselu of Iseluland, Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, on Friday, engaged in a heated exchange over herdsmen’s reported attacks in several communities in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the exchange of words is connected to an interview by Oba Akinyemi, which he granted to BBC pidgin, where he urged other Yoruba Obas in the Southwest not to compromise the security of their subjects

However, CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the comments by Oba Akinyemi didn’t sit well with the Ooni, who reacted by sending a WhatsApp message to Oba Akinyemi, accusing the Oba of directing his remarks in the said interview at him because of his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning the Ogun monarch to be careful.

The Ooni said, “We all need to be careful not to be saying things that we are not there physically. May the spirits of our ancestors and Oodua Land judge me if I went to Abuja to do otherwise to the cause of our land and also judge people that are saying things they don’t know.”

In his response, Oba Akinyemi said, “Good morning, Kabiyesi, your imperial majesty.”

“Kabiyesi, I hold you in high esteem and God and our ancestors know that. I don’t expect you to attack me in this manner. My expectations are for you to sympathise with me as one of your Obas and also your people in Yorubaland that were killed like goats by the Fulani strangers in your land.”

“Kabiyesi, there is nowhere in the aforementioned interview that I mentioned that you collected money from Abuja, but I put cautions to all traditional rulers in Yorubaland as a wake-up call to all of us, including your good self, sir.”

“Kabiyesi, you occupy the cradle of Yorubaland and I expect you to extend hands of fellowship to all of us.”

“In a nutshell, Kabiyesi, you need to do more, and you owe me a delegation to come to us so they can report back to you how your children are being treated like slaves in Iselu.”

Ooni responded again, this time, he said that Oba Adekinya should not join other a in spreading false information about his visit to Aso Rock.

He explained that his visit to the Presidential villa was to discuss peace and nothing more. He also said that his discussion with the President averted some dangerous plans on Sunday Adeyemo, the yoruba activist.

Ooni said, “You cannot say you are more pained than me on all these matters as Arole Oduduwa. Our ancestors still live in spirit on this throne, and anybody that does negative things to the land will get the wrath of the spirit land of we Yorubas.

“You cannot be saying that a traditional ruler went to Abuja in the name of oil block to trade off his people. I am the only one that went due to Covid-19 restrictions. Hear what you said now.”

“Were you there when I discussed with Buhari? If I had not gone to speak the truth to power, do you have an idea of what was planned for Sunday Igboho and things that will happen afterward?

“Diplomacy is way better to resolve things than war, because even after the war that we all don’t pray for, you will still sit down to talk.”

But again, Oba Adeyinka blasted the Ooni, saying that he has been too cold to the plight of the Yoruba people.

He said, “Your imperial majesty, as long as I don’t want to disobey my paramount ruler, Olu Ilaro, who advised me not to join issues with you, I won’t.”

“But let me bust your brain that the issues today in Yorubaland that you happen to be the leader of all monarchs, things have fallen apart right under your nose.”

“We are now in a state of oligarchy, racism, and totalitarianism. Maybe you don’t know you are not the only Oba that goes to the President in our zones, and I might not know them all because I am not the chief of staff to the President.”

“And the issue of oil block you accused me of is not a statement credited to you alone but all of us in the Southwest because we have nowhere to call our ancestral home apart from here.”

“Kabiyesi, I insist you need to do more. You are too cold at this present situation in your Yoruba land.”

In his response to Oba Adeyinka calling him cold, he said that he has a different approach.

He said, “If you say I’m cold, thank you for the compliments or otherwise. We all have our different styles and approach to things. What is critical is the end will always justify the means, best Regards”

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