OSOGBO—The ancient city of Iwo in Osun State stood still, yesterday, when the Oluwo-elect, Prince Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, entered the town for the installation process.
Major streets in the city, witnessed heavy traffic as the convoy of the Oluwo-elect snaked through Ibadan end of the town, Ori-eru, Odo-ori, Ile-omosan and Ojaba axis of the city where people lined up the streets to welcome the new monarch.
The installation ceremony followed the approval of the appointment of the new monarch by Osun State Government after the completion of due process by the king makers.
The Oluwo clutched his fists from the open roof of a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle, SUV, to acknowledge cheers from people, after about three hours drive to get to the palace, where was turbanned by the League of Imam and Alfas led by Sheik Imran Adio.
The turbanning was followed by the symbolic traditional decoration of the monarch with Akoko leaf by the Oosa of Iwo Kingdom, Chief Bello Orobimpe.
Traditional gunshots rented the air, heralding the reign of the new Oluwo of Iwo, thus signalling the completion of the first phase of the monarch’s traditional rights.
After the turbanning, the Oluwo was led by traditionalists and chiefs to the Ile Onto to continue further installation rights before the crowning of Prince Abdul-rasheed Adewale Akanbi.
Speaking after the installation, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, said the day was a historical one.
He held that the recent happening in Iwo was another indication of the commitment of Aregbesola’s administration to one of his six-point integral plans of promotion of communal peace and progress.
Adeoti said: “I salute the courage and understanding of all. This day is historic in the sense that Iwo, about three years ago, was without a king, but we are happy that this day a new king has come.
“We need the cooperation of all and sundry. I call on everybody to join hands with the new monarch in the task to build the town. Iwo cannot afford to stand still; we must strive to develop our land as we enter a new era.
“I call on the people of Iwo, especially youths, to rally round the new monarch and the state government for the development of Iwoland, the state and the country at large.”
Dignitaries at the ceremony included Asiwaju of Iwoland and former Commissioner for Justice, Gbadegesin Adedeji; former Commissioner for Agriculture, old Oyo State, Alhaji Bola Asafa; octogenarian and Ekerin Oluwo, Otunba Ganiyu Aremu; former Special Adviser to Governor Aregbesola on Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, among many others.