Another Community protest “imposition” of monarch in Ogun State

Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Jide Ojuko

Olufemi Adediran


Barely one week after Chiefs in Aworiland in Ota, Ado/Odo-Ota Local government area of Ogun State accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of allegedly planning to “install non-indigenes” as kings in their land, another community in the State has protested “alleged plan” to impose a monarch on them.

Leaders and indigenes of Ibese community in Yewa North Local Government of the State on Monday stormed the Oke-Mosan Governor’s office in Abeokuta, the State capital, protesting alleged plan to impose monarch on the community.

The hundreds of protesters carried placards with various inscription to drive home their demands.

It would be recalled that the State Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko five days ago resigned his appointment as a Commissioner over allegations that the government was planning to install “non-indigenes” as monarchs in Aworiland where the Commissioner hails from.

Although, Ojuko, the following day withdrew his resignation, saying that the Governor had promised to look into the issue, Awori indigenes insisted that they would fiercely resist and reject attempt by any individual to impose any monarch on them with every legitimate mean.

Addressing journalists during the protest, a leader in Ibese community,  Elder James Adediran Kumoye said the kingmakers in the community had elected Rotimi Mulero as the Oba – elect since March 25, but the government had failed to give approval preparatory to the installation process.

According to him, Mulero’s election represented the peoples’ choice and any plot to compromise the kingmakers’ decision would be resisted.

He called on the Governor to approve the Oba – elect’s appointment to enable them embark on the traditional rites ahead of the installation.

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His words, “In January this year, the process of the nomination was done. Four candidates emerged at the nomination. On March 25, 2019, the choice of the people was made as Rotimi Mulero was elected with 3 votes to one. We don’t want any other thing apart from that. On that mandate we stand. The kingmakers expressed the will of the people which can never be compromised.

“We just want the governor to give approval, anything short of that may cause disharmony in the community. Nobody can foretell the end. Nobody can predict the dimensions it will assume, but we want peace in Ibese. We are peace loving people, but we don’t want our rights to be trampled upon, Rotimi Mulero is our choice,” he said.

In his response, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko assured them that Amosun – led government would not impose monarch on the community.

“As a government, we are not aware of all the rumours going on out there. But I want to assure you that we would do justice. We will would do what is right. We won’t compromise. I want to urge to be more vigilant as you have done and at the end we will all be happy,” Ojuko said.

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