*Say their silence not act of cowardice
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Francis Olushola Alao, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon torday, said traditional rulers in Oyo State have no regret in supporting Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Seyi Makinde in the last general elections.
Oba Alao in a statement, declared that all the royal fathers involved understand the pain caused by the incident and appreciate the well-placed reactions.
The royal father pointed out that the silence of Oyo state traditional rulers on Chief Olusegun Obasanjo action of last Saturday “is not an act of cowardice”.
” The outburst of former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo against traditional rulers in attendance at the inauguration of the Iseyin Campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) on Friday September 15 has generated anger and varied responses from true sons and daughters of Oduduwa in all sections of the society”, he said.
Oba Alao added, “Let it, however, be well noted that traditional rulers in Oyo State have no regret in supporting Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Seyi Makinde in the last election, and will be willing to support them even in the future”.
” First and foremost, I will like to emphasize that the inauguration ceremony was a huge success while the road and campus projects represent another milestone in the development strides of Governor Seyi Makinde who has been working hard to take Oyo State to the next level of development”.
The Olugbon stressed , ” I wish to state that the incident is an internal affair which will be properly reviewed at the next meeting of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
” Let me assure all Yoruba, and other well-meaning Nigerians who have respect for the traditional institution, and who feel concerned about the incident that our silence since Friday is not an act of cowardice. When we sit down with the Governor, and hold our next meeting, we will review and respond appropriately”.
Oba Alao added, ” Our Governor respects us, and traditional rulers in Oyo State also hold him in high esteem.I, therefore, sue for calm over this issue.We want everybody to apply decorum in line with the Omoluwabi ethos for which Yoruba are greatly respected. Ile Yoruba land shall remain peaceful. Our unity is sacrosanct. These ethos must reflect in our day-to-day activities.
” This is the clear position of monarchs in Oyo State. Any other information from anywhere that is contrary to this should be disregarded.”