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Friday, December 4, 2015

Osun Monarchs Planning To Boycott Ooni Enitan Ogunwusi’s Coronation If Not Properly Invited

Monarchs in Osun State may boycott the coronation of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

This followed the allegation by the monarchs that they have not been formally invited to the coronation scheduled for Monday.

The newly elected Chairman of the Osun State Council of Obas and Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, made the position of the monarchs known on Thursday.
Aromolaran said unless they are formally invited, they will boycott the event.

Aromolaran, who spoke with newsmen after the meeting of the Council where he was adopted as the substantive chairman, said members were only demanding for due recognition from the planning committee of the event.

He said: “If we are invited with invitation cards or letters, we will go there after consulting with the governor.

“As at the time we concluded the meeting of Osun Council of Obas today, we have not received any invitation from Ile-Ife about Monday’s coronation.

“We don’t go to where we have not been invited.”

Speaking on his choice as the substantive chairman of the Council, Aromolaran said: “Today, we held a meeting of Council of Obas in Osun.

“During our discussion, we deliberated on the chairmanship of the council.

“Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, moved the motion that since I have been acting as the chairman, I should continue in that capacity as the substantive chairman and other monarchs supported the motion.

“I have been acting as chairman of the council even when late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, was alive.

“I usually presided over the meetings in his palace because of his old age.
“Now that Osun Obas have unanimously adopted me as their substantive chairman, I would work for the growth of Osun State and also collaborate with Governor Rauf Aregbesola in moving the state forward socially and economically.”

Asked what would happen now that a new Ooni of Ife has been appointed, Aromolaran said: “Only the Obas can answer that question because they made me their chairman.”

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