Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, yesterday met the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, over the feud between the two monarchs.
For some time now, there have been exchange of words between the two traditional rulers in the state.
The Alake had said the Awujale remained the least among the Yoruba traditional rulers.
Adetona, while responding to Alake’s position, said the Alake was a junior chief in Egba under the Alaafin of Oyo.
However, Amosun who met the two monarchs privately at the Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta yesterday, failed to disclosed what happened at the meeting.
He therefore said the monarchs were in his office to deliberate on how to keep the state more peaceful
Amosun said: “Yes, we are here, our fathers are here to see me. Of course we deliberated on so many things.
“I’m sure you want to say what is happening. Indeed nothing is happening. They came here to see the possibility of how to make sure we have peace in the state, among so many other things that we did
“Don’t forget that this would be the first time I would have the opportunity – I have shown my appreciation before for the 40th anniversary – so, it’s an opportunity for me to still show that.
“So, if you think you want to ask that what is the outcome, outcome of what? We have come here to deliberate and it’s always a pleasure for me to have our fathers around here.
“These (you) are the people writing the thing. Don’t just sit somewhere and write. But this one, there is nothing like ranking of Obas.
“We know ourselves. Our fathers have ways, even before the advent of all these colonial masters and what have you, we have ways of how we live in harmony and I think we will continue to do that.
“Don’t forget, and I’m saying this again with all due humility and sense of responsibility that in the context of we Yorubas, we know our pre-eminence status. Those of us from Ogun State, we want to keep up with that tradition. We are not going to fan any ember of disunity.
“What we are known for in the state is that all of us are one and we are still one. Indeed, in the comity of the Yorubas, we know what we do, we know what we stand for and we will continue to do that.
“You know I told you that they are here to ensure there is peace and harmony in the state. It’s part of the things they have come to discuss with me. Unless, you are now saying that we should discuss what we considered to be classified openly. But our Kabiyesis are here; they can say maybe hello to you.”
The Awujale said there was no problem and that he merely came to say hello to the governor, saying: “I want to say hello to you….there is no problem gentlemen, please. Thank you very much.
On his part, the Alake said he was in Oke Mosan to see Amosun on many things and not for issues regarding Obas’ ranking.
“I have come to see my governor for many things, including the strike action of the workers, and I’m very sure they would go back to work very soon by the grace of God,” he said.