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Ipara crisis: Ogun govt wades in

OGUN — The Ogun State Government is doing all it can to ameliorate the communal crisis caused by the bad blood between Oba Fatai Sorinola, Onipara of Ipara, Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State and Chief Matthew Sorinola, the Oluwo of Ipara.
The Oluwo had alleged that the monarch disallowed him from performing his traditional rites as head of the Osugbo cult.
This unresolved crisis between the monarch and Oluwo was said to have started shortly after the monarch was installed in 2002, while the Omode Ilu-in-Council was made to take over the administration of the Iledi (cult house) as well as that of the market.
This action led to serious internal crisis and undercurrent war among the concerned stakeholders.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Basorun Muyiwa Oladapo, in a bid to reach a consensus at resolving the lingering crisis at a peace meeting in Oke-Mosan, said the crisis, which has lingered for so long, would have been resolved if the monarch had embraced peace with all the chiefs and Omode-Ilu.
He disclosed this while giving examples of Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi, the Balogun of Ipara and Chief Yemi Ajayi, the Asiwaju of Ipara as great sons of Ipara community whom the monarch ought to have made use of and tapped from their wealth of experience to develop the community.
Oladipo enjoined the monarch to see himself as the father of all and forget what transpired over 14 years ago in the selection process that eventually favoured him.
He advised him to convene a peace meeting with the stakeholders to amicably resolve all disputes creating internal instability in Ipara community.
 

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