By: Temitope Ojo
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, on Thursday, attended a meeting of the Osun State for the first time since ascending the throne almost the same time as the Ooni in 2015.
Traditional Rulers Council Meeting at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The Olojuo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, who is the secretary to the Council of Obas and about 40 other traditional rulers were in attendance.
The host, the Ooni of Ife, who arrived at the venue of the meeting last, went round and greeted all the traditional rulers’ one after the other. All the traditional rulers stood up to acknowledge his greetings.
He welcomed Oluwo specifically into their fold.
“I greet the Oluwo specially, especially being his first time of coming here. Nobody is asking you not to come here. This is your house. Like I always say, all of you left here. I am the caretaker here. Unity and the development of our state is very important.”
While acknowledging that some members’ absence, he stated that it was not the time to point accusing finger at anybody, adding that the traditional rulers should endeavour to portray themselves the way we should.
“We should carry ourselves with dignity and royalty. We should unite and stand as one. Our meeting is about how to bring about development to our state and the nation.
“The Timi (of Ede) came to me and told me that he would not be here because he was traveling out and that he had scheduled the trip before the meeting was called. So also is the Orangun of Ila.
He prayed for the souls of some traditional rulers who have departed the world since their last meeting. They include Olubosin of Ifetedo, Salu Edun Abon and Olulamokun of Yakoyo.