Club 66, a popular social group in Idanre, has cautioned against the unguarded statements credited to the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu against the person and throne of the Owa of Idanre, Oba Frederick Adegunle Aroloye, Arubiefin IV.
The snide and uncouth remarks were reportedly necessitated by the peaceful protests started by the community over the alleged concessioning of the forest reserve in the area to some private companies.
In a statement made available to newsmen by its president, Dr. Anthony Omolola, the group urged Akeredolu to responsibly withdraw his vituperatives or apologize for the harsh and disrespectful words uttered against the revered traditional ruler.
The club saw the insults and threats issued in the course of a telephone conversation with the 96-year-old Owa as an affront on the peace-loving Idanre people.
Omolola is of the opinion that a Yoruba-born governor should exhude modesty and diplomacy while engaging elderly persons and traditional authorities on a matter of serious concern. This is despite the fact that traditional rulers are entitled to respect, being the custodian of the People’s culture, heritage and values.
The statement reads in part: “An insult on the Kabiyesi, the Owa of Idanre Kingdom, is an insult on Idanre People and we will in all its entirety reject such”.
“We believe that the ancestral land/forest of the people can not be shared or allocated to groups or companies without the proper discussion and agreement with Kabiyesi, Community leaders and the people who are the custodian of the land/forest, considering the socio, cultural, moral and economic implications.”
“We demand from His Excellency, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, an unreserved apology to our Kabiyesi.