Iree Community Protests Imposition of Monarch
The people of Iree in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State have protested what they call the politicization of the selection of a new king for the community.
The people in their hundreds carried placards with various inscriptions.
Led by the Asiwaju of Iree town, Chief Adenrele Afolabi, they gathered in front of the palace of Aree of Iree where they maintained that the selection of a king was the prerogative of the Kingmakers (Iwarefa mefa) and not that of the warrant chiefs appointed by the management of Boripe North Local Council Development Authority.
Presenting the address, the Asiwaju of Iree, Chief Afolabi commended the new Osun State administration of Senator Ademola Adeleke for suspending the previous process.
“The entire Iree Community is highly delighted at the prompt response of the new administration in righting the wrong done to Iree people by the Government of yesterday. It is apparent that Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has a listening ear and a working big heart. We, therefore, appreciate the steps so far taken by his administration.”
The community also regretted the unnecessary crisis that led to the setting ablaze a part of the Aree palace, saying such was to paint the peace-loving Community as one of crisis.
Also speaking, the President of Iree Progressives Association, Mr Oluwole Taiwo said the Community had submitted its position on the matter to the committee set up by the State Government, expressing confidence that justice would be served in the matter.
Mr Taiwo appealed to the Kingmakers to hasten the process of selecting a new monarch devoid of rancour for Iree Community once the state government gives the goal ahead.
Recall that Governor Ademola Adeleke had suspended three monarchs in Osun State appointed after July 17th while he directed the closure of their palaces and ordered police to take over them.
The affected monarchs included Aree of Ire, Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.