…Justifies blood oath by Ijesa chiefs
By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO – OwaObokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, has absolved himself from any complicity in the travails of one of his high chiefs, Obanla of Ilesa, Chief Matthew Ogedengbe, who is currently in prison custody on the order of a Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ilesa.
At a briefing in his palace, yesterday, the monarch said he had no hand in the arrest and detention of the embattled chief.
Some residents of Ilesa believed to have sympathy for Chief Ogedengbe had blamed Oba Aromolaran for the ordeal of the chief as a result of the face-off between the two in recent time. But, Oba Aromolaran said he was neither in control of the police who arrested the chief, who was accused of fragrantly trespassing a residents property nor the magistrate who ordered his remand in prison.
The monarch noted that the chief’s travail stemmed from a report to the police over illegal possession of some people’s landed property in the town.
The traditional ruler said the matter before the court was between the chief and one Mrs. Omotunde Adediran, a widow, whose husband property on Stadium Road, Ilesa, was trespassed upon.
On the controversial blood oath-taking allegedly ordered to be taken by his traditional chiefs, the monarch said there was nothing unusual in his action, arguing that it was purely traditional. He said: “There is nothing unusual about taking oath of allegiance. It is not a blood oath, and even if it is a blood oath it was not forced on anybody. Public functionaries take oath of office. There is nothing unusual about it, even husband and wife before getting married, take oath of allegiance.
“In the palace here, initiation is part of our culture and it is not in any way against God’s will. When I asked all my chiefs to take oath of allegiance, everyone of them complied except two, one who gave excuse that he was already a communicant while the other, who is 86-year-old, gave old age as reason for his refusal.
“In our palace here, we don’t have a place for altar. No church and there is no mosque, all what we have here are shrines.”