Akamuja of Igburowo, Oba Pius Akinfesola Adewola or Traditional stool
By James Sowole
Despite the intervention of Ondo State Government in the communal crisis that led to the banishment of the traditional ruler of the agrarian Igburowo Community in Odigbo Local Government area of the state, Akamuja of Igburowo, Oba Pius Akinfesola Adewola, representatives of the community said there was no going back on the action of the community.
The position of the community was revealed during an interview with the Lisa of the Community, Chief Festus Ogunsesin, after the sitting of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Ondo State Government to look into the matter.
The six- member panel has as the chairman a First Class traditional ruler, the Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola, three other monarchs and two other persons.
Ogunsesin, who the community had appointed as the reagent, said the traditionalists in the town had commenced traditional rites to show that the position of the king is vacant.
The rites included the relocation of the traditional market, which was one of the major rites been performed whenever the palace was vacant and traders would not return there until a new monarch was installed.
The position of the Lisa was backed by the spokespersons and representatives of five groups in the town including the high chiefs, women chiefs otherwise called Opoji in local parlance, representative of Olojas under the ancient town as well as representative of Igburowo Development Committee (IDC), who vowed that the community had concluded plan to depose the monarch.
Equally, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) written and signed by about 21 representatives of various groups in the community was read by Mr. Yemi Olugbamigbe, who submitted same to the panel.