Ikirun elders have condemned the tussle trailing the throne of Akirun of Ikirun town.
The elders stated this in a statement released after the meeting conveyed by the National Ikirun Progressive Union (NIPU) on Saturday November 26, 2022.
The elders faulted the lopsided appointment of Prince Yinusa Olalekan Akadiri to the vacant stool of Akinrun.
According to the NIPU President, Alhaji Mustafa Olawuyi,the spate of crisis that engulfed the otherwise peaceful Ikirunland, is due to the reckless and lopsided appointment of Akadiri as the new Akinrun of Ikirun.
Also speaking at the meeting, one of the elders who is also the Secretary General of NIPU, Alhaji Abdulateef Ajala, maintained that the appointment violated diligence and due process.
He stated that “It negates the age-long tradition of the ancient town of Ikirun.”
The shoddy appointment spurred the otherwise restive youth into a peaceful protest with a resolve to protect their common heritage from being desecrated, the elders said.
It was reported that the law enforcement agents drafted to the scene opened fire on the youth, killed one of them and forcibly arrested some while a good number of them received gunshot wounds.
The incidence has gravely affected the political and socio-economic activities of the hitherto peaceful ancient town, according to elders.
Following the ugly incidents, the elders met to brainstorm on the remote cause of the crisis and the solution
thereof, to restore peace and tranquillity to the ancient town.
The meeting resolved that nothing but indissoluble interest and unity of Ikirunland shall be the pursuit of all true Ikirun indigenes at home and in the diaspora.
They called for the rejection of all individual and parochial interests to give way to one united new Ikirun.
While calling for the rejection of Akadiri, the elders acknowledged that the controversial appointment of Prince Yinusa Olalekan Akadiri as Akinrun of Ikirun is without due process, shoddy, ill-timed and lopsided.
They asserted that all the kingmakers’ actions and inactions were borne out of gross misconduct, corruption, selfish
interests and misplaced judgement.
The kingmakers were accused of abandoning the age-long traditions that they are to protect and uphold.
They also alleged that Chief Moshood Adekunle Oluawo a.k.a. De Moshadek, is the brains behind the crisis.
Oluawo, according to the elders, is a close ally of the former Governor Isiaka Oyetola of Osun State.
Other people allegedly instrumental in the crisis are Chief Morufu Onifade, the Elemo-aga of Ikirunland and Hon. Okanlawon the immediate past Chairman of Ifelodun Local Government.
It was also alleged that the action and or inactions of the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, CP Faleye, who disregarded a valid Court Order, culminated in the crisis of Wednesday 23rd November, 2022.
The meeting concluded that the three validly recognized ruling houses in Ikirunland shall be dutifully engaged and harmonized through the
three Mogajis and other principal members of the ruling houses into peaceful round table discussion to arrive at an amicable resolution on the fresh appointment of Akinrun of Ikirun giving regard to the tradition, due process and extant laws without prejudice to the pending proceedings in the courts of law.