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By: Ade Adeleke
Two among the progenitors of Oduduwa, the Oluwo of Iwo in Osun State, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale-Akanbi and the Olówá of Igbara-Oke in Ondo State, Oba (Dr.) Francis Adefarakanmi-Agbede, have met in Iwo, at the ancient palace of Oluwo on a royal visit.
There has been battle of supremacy among some traditional rulers of late, hence the news of the visit by Olowa to Iwo is coming at the right time.
Speaking at the Iwo palace, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede described Iwo and Igbara-Oke as important to the land of Oduduwa, as they both share synonymous connection with the source, Ile-Ife.
While applauding the achievements of Oba Akanbi, Olowa said there was a need for all Yoruba monarchs to unite and always speak in one voice, while there should be no need for unnecessary rancour since all Yorubas are progenitors of Oduduwa.
Oba Agbede said this is in the best interest of Yoruba land and her cultural heritage.
According to the monarch, it will be a thing of joy and will repose the confidence of younger generations in in traditional institution.
“we are all descendants of Oduduwa and having our source at Ile-Ife, we need to have a unity of purpose irrespective of our domains. In upholding the culture and traditions bequeathed to us by our forefathers, we should also know that our children are watching us”, opined Olowa.
Responding, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi appreciated the visit and the call by Olowa of Igbara-Oke on the unity of Yoruba monarchs. He said he is currently championing a crusade to liberate Yoruba nation from the ill of development, and prayed Olowa to support this traditional anti corruption crusade.
Oba Akanbi said there is need to raise the standard of our culture and tradition to meet with the present day life and practice, so as to attract and bring development to our land. He said we cannot be doing things the same way and expect changes. He said our forefathers have made their names that is why we are celebrating them, we also need to make names for ourselves, and leave a good legacies for our children and children’s children.
The Iwo Monarch said the position of traditional ruler must be respected in Yoruba land, because monarchs are the representative of Olodumare (God) on earth. Monarchs are not in the category of deities, they are the head of all deities. “We must not in anyway equate monarchs with men, they are not in the same category.” He said.
He said the division among Yoruba monarchs had been from time immemorial, and this has affected so many things, even in the areas of societal mutual relationship.
Oluwo therefore called for calm among traditional institution as a model and establish the custom for collective synergy.