Sunday, 15 March 2020

Fayemi Reacts to Alaafin's Letter of Caution; See photos

The cold war between the affected traditional rulers and the Ekiti State's governor, Kayode Fayemi started about eight months ago when the governor appointed the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Ajibade Alabi, as the new Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers.

The development did not go down well with the affected rulers, who considered the appointee junior to them and not deserving of the office.

The group of traditional rulers, in showing their grievance, challenged the appointment in court and also vowed not to cooperate or attend any meeting or function where the appointee is present or presides.

The Ekiti State's government therefore served the affected Obas query letters.

Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, said he had no plans to dethrone any of the traditional rulers served with administrative letters.

He said it was a mere “administrative letter”, and not a query, to explain why they had continually absented themselves from state functions and Traditional Rulers Council meetings within 72 hours.
Alaafin’s letter
The Alaafin in his letter dated March 12, warned the state government to desist from meddling into the affairs of the traditional rulers.
He said he was writing on behalf of seven paramount royal fathers in Yoruba land.

“Specifically, this is in respect of the composition of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in the State. Let me start by saying that the sacrosanct of Pelupelu that grades the sixteen Crowned Obas in Ekiti Land is not in doubt. Suffice to say Your Excellency that in any human society and more so in Yoruba Land, order of hierarchy and seniority are of vital consideration in position placement.”

Alaafin's Letter

After receiving Alaafin's letter of caution, Governor Kayode Fayemi drove to Oyo this afternoon to explain things instead of replying him by official letter.

The Governor will meet the Kings after his meeting with Alaafin and things should smoothen up afterwards.


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