I was Not Suspended – Oluwo
Social media platforms have been all buzzing today regarding the emergency meeting called by the Council of Obas in Osun state and the aftermath resolution to suspend the monarch from the council for a period of six month.
These questions therefore arises as to whether the Oluwo remains the bonafide king of Iwo while the suspension lasted? Was the king suspended from the monthly meetings of the Obas or from his royal duties as an Oba? The third question is whether or not the council of Obas have such rights to de-robe or suspend an incumbent paramount ruler?
The following are the opinions of the embattled king of Iwo:
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has described as political his purported suspension from Osun State Traditional Council meeting held today in Osogbo, the state capital.
Oluwo said the point given by the council was porous, lacking logic and do not portray the revered traditional council in good light as they refused to address the allegation that he punched a monarch, the reason for the meeting.
Oba Akanbi said any suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting is subject to the approval of the state government. He described the suspension as audio, stating it is unprofessional of the respected Osun State traditional council meeting to make such pronouncement without the approval of the state government.
Reacting through a statement issued by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed. Oluwo said he was surprised to note that his purported suspension for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution book of history and will never stand.
He expressed disappointment that traditional council could be turned to an avenue of playing politics. He stated the highest level of injustice is for the council to say I was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended.
“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that Osun State traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting. If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council”
“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave account that I didn’t beat any Oba. May be because the truth from the witnesses didn’t go with their expectation, they hatched unfounded excuse to make an audio suspension”
“It is pure political and there are many things attached but we keep mute to see how far this will stand”
The controversial and sophisticated Monarch also expressed as follows via the social media platform of the Palace of the Emperor Telu 1
“Oba (Dr) Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi Telu is the one and only Oluwo of Iwoland. He was never suspended as Oluwo of Iwoland. Osun State Traditional Council has only recommended his suspension from the council meetings and activities for six months on the guise that his conduct (been too flashy,stylish, human rights defender and swagging) and that is even subject to Governors approval.
This clarification is important for public notice!”
We look forward to how this drama unfolds and possibly comes to end soon. In the meantime, TellAfrica will keep you posted.