The bright afternoon in Ibadan when it all looks good and glamour, the brown roofs staring at the sky, the sounds of hooting cars filled the air, the people are doing their businesses to make ends meet like the worm spinning silk.
Some where in Popo Ye Mo ja there is the usual drums and merriment that surrounds a palace, on this special day the imperial ruler of the military garrison is installing new warlords in Mogajis and Baales, everything was rosy and merry:Until bullets started raining.
The present regime in Oyo State under the leadership of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi has made numerous giant strides in the state, and no matter what reservations you have for his administration, those who are conversant with the security status of Oyo State in the Pre-Ajimobi era would agree with me that in the area of Security the state has scored a distinction.
This stance was achieved through many intelligent initiative of the government like the creation of the security task force Operation Burst, Funding and supports for vigilante groups, e.t.c.
There is a saying in the divine language "YORUBA" which is best translated literarily as " Only a thief supported by the lords of the land can raid the king's backyard".
What is your perception of the sporadic shooting at the Olubadan's palace on 25/9/2017 by unknown gunmen while he was installing new Mogajis and Baales.
In a state that has enjoyed so much peace in the last 6 years of this administration, why is this blasphemy happening at this time that the Olubadan and the Governor are at logger heads over the elevation and subsequent installation of some of Chiefs and Baales as Kings.
Who dares attack a palace in broad daylight, if not the thieves backed by the lords of the land.
Who would believe the puppeteer is innocent about the puppet's dance?
In my article 32 Beaded Kings, 32 Questions, I punctuated by bringing to notice the seed of discord that has been planted in Ibadan and the fruits of hostility it would bear if it finally germinate.
It appears it has germinated and we are seeing the results.
The Olubadan and some other people did something applaudable when they approached the court, but to see an action of this magnitude: Shooting sporadically at the palace with the intent to disrupt a function at the scared abode of our king who is next to the Gods in authority.
A taboo! But am not too surprised though, we've seen power mongers fight each other at the Eid Praying ground on Eid Kabir day (the most sacred festival of the Islamic faith) day before in this state.
The British disrupted our traditional institutions putting the king's authority under the government.... And we have seen what Governors do with such powers.
It's only for historical reference that I mention the British, "the banana was hard ripe before it becomes rotten" we have created more rot in the system than what the colonial masters brought in.
I urge the police to wake up to the governor's call and fish out the culprits, and make them face the music of the law, also revealing those lords who backed them in executing the dastardly act.
Ibadan is a land of warriors, where warlords get high at any chance to display their might. I hope the warlords loyal to the garrison commander would not be planning to execute a reprisal attack to show their might and loyalty to the commander.
For the sustenance of the existing peace in the land, I hope all parties involved in the present elevation and installation tussle of the Olubadan chieftaincy title would patiently wait for the outcome of the litigation.
To Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, I would let him know that the citizens are grateful for the ground standing peace we've enjoyed in the last six years, we hope to enjoy more and hope he would not be distracted by the current crisis and would continue to ensure security of lives and property.
Long Live Ibadan!!!
Long Live Olubadan!!!
Long Live Oyo State!!!
Arasi Senior Kolapo