After several years of agitations, the Ekiti Province Authorities has granted recognition to Olukere of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin.
The territory that Olukere occupies and superintends over was also given autonomy by the authorities and is to be named Odo Oja, Ikere Ekiti.
Ikere is the second-largest metropolis in Ekiti Province.
Obasoyin, whose predecessors agitated for similar recognition but were rebuffed by preceding administrations, had ever claimed that his progenitors founded Ikere kingdom before the coming of the paramount ruler of the town and the Ogoga of Ikere.
But the nowadays Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, insisted that Olukere was a mere master priest without whatsoever connexion to royalty.
The recognition by Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration was contained in the study of Justice Jide Aladejana-led Chieftaincy Review Commission set upward to seem into some contentious traditional issues in Ekiti Province.
A statement in Ado Ekiti on Fri and signed by the Executive Secretarial assistant, Bureau of Chieftaincy Matters, Adegboyega Morakinyo, said the recognition was a sequel to the memorandum presented by Odo Oja area requesting for autonomy for Olukere and his territory.
Morakinyo said: “The Odo-Oja Community of Ikere-Ekiti submitted a memorandum to the Commission including an application for recognition as an autonomous town and its traditional caput as an Oba.
“The Commission found merit in the application and farther affirmed the eligibility of the Odo-Oja Community to be recognised as an autonomous town and its traditional caput as Oba.
“In furtherance of the ongoing review of the implementation of the white paper on the study of the Commission, Authorities has revisited the recommendation on the application of the Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti.
“Authorities accepts the recommendation of the Commission. The Odo-Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti is accordingly granted autonomous status and its traditional head- Olukere is hereby recognized as an Oba”.
Morakinyo added that the Authorities of Ekiti Province established the Honourable Justice Jide Aladejana Chieftaincy Review Commission in Feb 2019, in response to agitations from communities across the 16 Local Governments Areas of Ekiti Province for the review of the status of their traditional rulers, existing chieftaincy declarations and requests for autonomous status.
He said the commission was established to examine the upgrading and otherwise of recognised chieftaincies, seem into the autonomy/ recognition of communities, and review the merits of the chieftaincy declarations by agitating communities.
The terms, according to Morakinyo, also included: “Investigate the customary laws on the appointment of all recognised chieftaincies in the Province and create recommendations for possible changes in the existing chieftaincy declarations and also propose guidelines for the preparation of such documents,
“Seem into issues relating to the status of obas and chiefs, their paraphernalia of business office and tell of priority, seem into the Chieftaincy laws of the Province and create specific and full general recommendations on chieftaincy matters in the province,
“Examine the upgrading or otherwise of recognised chieftaincies, review autonomies, create recommendations for recognition of agitating communities as independent towns from their female parent communities as good as for chieftaincy statement.”
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