The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, said some monarchs in Southwest are complicit in the spate of murders for ritual purposes in the region.
The allegation, which was not substantiated, was contained in the controversial monarch’s statement released by his media aide, Alli Ibrahim on Tuesday.
In it, Oba Akanbi who didn’t name names of monarchs involved in the unwholesome act, alleged that his unnamed colleagues were abating ritual murders because of their membership of secret cults.
He went on to call on the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona and Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos to lead the charge against the dastardly practice.
It reads in part: “Which assemblage could be as strong and virile like one comprising Alaafin, Ooni, Awujale, Owa, Alake, Akarigbo, Olugbo, Oluwo, Akiolu, Olofa, Deji Akure, Olubadan, Oba Tejuosho, Oniru, Elegushi, Orangun e.t.c.? What influence, recommendation, authority, power, money, contract, and luxuries are you still searching outside such an assembly? God has divinely made us install other leaders but because we run blindly, secret Societies have hijacked our roles, subjected some Obas to their interest and most worrisome, are now crowning Obas for themselves – Obas with neither domain nor territory.
“Secret Societies have stolen kings’ rights. The only way is a revolution to be led by a valiant and a leading Yoruba monarch. I see Alaafin and Awujale having that courage. Baba Alaafin can lead this campaign with Awujale as monarchs with a lot of history. I want to task Alaafin to lead the revolution at liberating monarchs from growing decimation of their influence occasioned by the membership of Secret Societies. If Baba Alaafin refuses, I will start the revolution. I’ve Obas willing to follow. If Alaafin, Awujale, and Akiolu are ready, I pledge my unalloyed support at all cost. The institution is one and must be defended at this precious time.
“The best to achieve this is through the launching of Central Council of Yoruba Obas (Ijo Oba). The body (Ijo Oba) will be a supreme council for discussion of Yoruba affairs and apex decision organ in the land. It will comprise only Obas and must be mandated those willing to join to renounce membership of any secret Societies. I have the trust in the capacity of Alaafin, Awujale and Akiolu to live up to expectation and lead the revolutionary liberation from the subjects turning themselves lords.
“We will leave this in the hands of these two monarchs coupled with we new generation monarchs wisdom because “Omode gbon agba gbon ni afi da ile Yoruba. Awujale and Alaafin have lots of history we can use as reference points.
“You can be a member of any secret cult before enthronement as a king but must renounce membership the day you are proclaimed. Secret cults influence your influence, even to the distaste of your subjects and domain. They control you with false claims and alarm.
“Most of these secret groups have leaders who are ordinary subjects of a king but subject kings under them to their dictates and directives even in the conduct of his community affairs. Many of our subjects have infiltrated the cult group to pulverize the image of kings.
“Obas were the ones given ministerial appointments in the past which Oluwo of Iwoland was one of the Ministers without portfolio and third on the list in the old western region.”