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Ekiti govt gives ‘born-again monarch’ ultimatum to make peace with subjects

A two-month ultimatum has been issued by the Ekiti Government to Oba Gabriel Olajide, directing the monarch to reconcile with some of his aggrieved subjects

– The deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, also gave the stakeholders in the community up till February 28, 2019 to resolve their differences with the monarch – Various allegations had been leveled against the monarch including high handedness, incessant harassment of subjects using the police and non-performance of traditional rites while claiming to be a ‘born-again Christian’

– Egbeyemi pointed out that while he cannot depose the monarch and cannot ask Olajide’s subjects to depose him, he (Egbeyemi) had a duty to ensure peace in the community .

The Ekiti Government has issued a two-month ultimatum to Oba Gabriel Olajide to reconcile with some of his aggrieved subjects. Olajide, the traditional ruler of Isaoye Ekiti in Moba local government area of Ekiti was given the ultimatum on Thursday, December 20, NAN reports.

He said the monarch should act fast within the two-month timeframe to prevent a possible breakdown of law and order in the community.

The deputy governor also gave the stakeholders in the community up till February 28, 2019 to resolve their differences with the monarch, saying the state government was committed to ensuring peace in Isaoye and other communities in the state. Egbeyemi, who said the state government had no intention of deposing any monarch, advised Olajide to listen to his subjects and respect the tradition and culture of the community. The allegations leveled against the monarch by the community’s chiefs and indigenes included high handedness, incessant harassment of subjects using the police and non-performance of traditional rites, claiming to be a ‘born-again Christian’. He was also accused of inflicting injuries on his subjects during a traditional ceremony. Other allegations included the destruction of Ifa symbols and instruments of installation, absconding from the community and cancellation of the meetings of chiefs. Egbeyemi, however, said in spite of the existence of extant chief laws governing the conduct of traditional rulers, the state government would continue to guide against any clamour that could truncate the peace of any community.

While reacting to Olajide’s alleged refusal to respect the tradition of his community, Egbeyemi said: “You that accepted to be king should know that there are traditions that needed to be observed. “There is nothing good about all that was reported about you. I see no reason why you should go against your people, I am directing you now, go and do what they ask you to do. “You have till the end of February. If you cannot follow the path of peace and secure the interest of your people, everything is left to you. “I cannot depose you and I cannot ask them to depose you, mine is to ensure that there is peace in your community. “We cannot force you on them, you have been given the chance to make amendments and redeem your image in your own interest. “Don’t go on a journey of self-destruction. If you claim that you are serving God, we are all serving God, you cannot be more Catholic than the Pope. “I will not support that a king be deposed, I plead with you Kabiyesi to go and make peace with the people of your town.’’ Olajide, however, denied the allegations, claiming that he was passionate about moving the community forward. But while advancing reasons for his opposition to certain rites, he claimed that Isaoye had remained underdeveloped as a result of observance of certain practices.

The monarch, who expressed worry, said other states would be negatively affected if the Ekiti state governorship election was marred by violence.

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