The ruling houses of Iree in Boripe local government of Osun state have issued a stern warning to Governor Ademola Adeleke, urging him not to disturb the existing peace in the community. Rejecting a white paper recommending a fresh selection process for the Aree of Iree Kingship, the community emphasized the impracticality of performing traditional rites for two kings simultaneously.
The community firmly stands behind Oba Raphael Oluponle, asserting that he has diligently undergone all necessary processes and rituals.
In response to the state government’s white paper, which suspended certain monarchs and called for a restart of the selection process, the Secretary of the six ruling houses, Gbenga Olatunji, voiced strong opposition. Describing the white paper as a potential catalyst for violence, he called on well-meaning Nigerians, especially royal figures in Yorubaland, to intervene and prevent the degradation of the traditional institution.
Olatunji criticized the government’s decision as politically motivated and expressed concerns about its potential to disrupt the peace in Iree.
Moreover, Asalu of Iree, Taiwo Oguntobi, clarified that all necessary rites had been completed during the installation of Oba Oluponle. He firmly stated that the community would not partake in additional rituals for another individual as long as the current monarch is alive.
The ruling houses, represented by various leaders, collectively denounced the government’s decision as ill-conceived and potentially serving the interests of a select few rather than the broader community.