The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, has faulted claim by Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers, that he is under suspension and barred from its activities for six months.
The Orangun of Ila-Orangun, Oba Wahab Adedotun, who announced Oba Akanbi’s suspension after a meeting of the Council, said the decision was predicated on Oluwo’s trolling of the Alaafin of Oyo, Ooni of Ife and Alake of Egbe land, saying his act was unbecoming of a monarch and a disgrace to the traditional institution.
“These acts of gross misconduct are enough. He should go and stay at home for six months. He must respect the traditional institution. He should caution himself with the way he talks to the media on kings in Yorubaland. We have also set up a committee headed by me to resolve the issues Oluwo have with some traditional rulers in Yorubaland,” Orangun said.
Reacting, Oba Akanbi dismissed his suspension suggesting he could not have gotten a fair hearing when it was Ooni with whom he has a frosty relationship led in the adjudication.
“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State traditional council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that the Osun State traditional council could be so political.
“They said I was rude to the Alake, the Ooni and the Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting.
“If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council,” he said in a statement his media aide, Alli Ibrahim, released.
Meanwhile, a video of the controversial monarch is trending online where he also denied his suspension and clarified it.