“In short, the Alake, from history and all available records, is a very junior traditional ruler in Yorubaland. His peers in Ijebuland are the Dagburewe of Idowa; Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife; Akija of Ikija-Ijebu; Olowu of Owu-Ijebu; Oloko of Ijebu-Imushin; Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo and Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye……..
Once again, to all who may have come across my rejoinder in any form or shape, may I categorically declare that I am not representing any organization neither am I a Public Relation Officer for anybody as far as this article is concern. But I felt that degrading my home town, washing down the Royal Office of my Kingdom with a statement that may cause mayhem, and later embarrassment to my people needed a closer look.
After reading the bomb-shell, I got upset and furious, I relaxed waiting for the true sons of the soil to make this rejoinder. And am very sure, many erudite citizens and scholars from my home town will feel the same only that some may have been coward into their shell for the best reason known to them. This is quiet shameful and unfortunate.
Nevertheless, I think we need to the make the record straight from our own end as well. Ijebu Igbo is a Kingdom and not a town. We have known the Ijebu people to be co-habiting among each other, with the natural and God-given business acumen from the era of slave trade till the independence, also in the history, I happened to discover that Ijebus are peace loving people, closely knight together as siblings with their culture and heritage.
While we are trying not to cause confusion among the siblings by making a comparative statement that will not go down well to the whole Ijebu Land, I and my people, my colleague who share the same aspiration with me had hitherto find it very difficult to swallow that “Orimolusi Vacant stool”, the throne we are still struggling to fill could be washed down publicly as such in spite of the honour we bestowed on each other as neighbors and siblings, where and when we are all admitted that we are brothers keeper.
Albeit, even the absence of Orimolusi is an indication the He or She, His Royal Highness, The Orimolusi of Ijebu Igbo, Adoro-oke, Omo Olufore-sete-je(Our future King) does not even involve in the file and rancor debate on who is Junior and who is senior. Yet, as He/She is vaporised and diminished in public is worrisome as such and to look into why this same Orimolusi is never emerge.
Without much of rhetorics and for the sake of those who never have the opportunity to read our history, the founder of Ijebu Igbo came from Ijebu Ode, in search of daily bread, went to Ijebu Igbo on hunting, only to come and discovered that his junior brother has taken over their father’s throne, in order to avoid feuds among siblings he was then persuaded to dominate Ijebu Igbo as his own Kingdom.
The idea of who is Senior or Junior was created as a result of Political dominance and geographical location. It is very unfortunate that Oba Adeboye involved in a plane crash in those days, the effect of which crippled Ijebu Igbo till now. Hence we will be speaking different language today.
I am an holder of traditional mace and will never insult the elders or our Royal Fathers, who am I to say that His Majesty did not say well but I think we should also be able to make the record straight where we find it crooked. Not because of today but for the Unity of all and Sundry in Ijebu Land and Yoruba Land at large. Orimousi is never a Junior Oba. We are a Kingdom of our own and not a town.
Jointly Signed by
Otunba Ola Busari