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Commissioners resignation: Awori’s trying to resuscitate dead issues – Traditional ruler


A traditional ruler in the Egba division of Ogun State, Oba Olufemi Taylor,of Kobape near Abeokuta the state capital, has attributed the reasons given for the resignation of the state commissioner Chief Jide Ojuko,  for local government and chieftaincy affairs, as an attempt by the Awori people of the state to reawaken a dead historical issue in the state in order to be relevant.
Speaking on the decision and reasons of Awori claim on Iju land being allegedly taken by the Egba and Owu people, Oba Taylor said the resurgence of the settled historical issue over a hundred years ago as an ego trip launched by the new Olota of Ota,Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege,in order to probe undue relevance in the state.
Said he,”this is synonymous with attempts to reestablish Yoruba reign in Ilorin after having been given on a platter of gold by Afonja to the Fulani’s as a result of rebellion by the former against Alaafins supremacy.
According to him, Ojuko’s claim to now defend and reclaim what was given and lost 100 years ago is an after thought.
He wondered why the new Olota and his subjects and chiefs are now contesting what their progenitors have willfully signed away after signing of a forced treaty by the warring factions at the end of 100years of Yoruba inter-cine wars.
He averred that after the treaty,”every contestable traditional issues concerning authority had since been overtaken by events”.
He maintained that Egba occupation and assertion of authority over some Awori territories had been effected since the end of Egba/Ota war long before the signing of the said peace treaty.
In his own reason,he advised the Olota to seek a more laudable venture to assert his relevance rather than resuscitating a settled issue to prove relevance.

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