By: Ogunremi Esther
The people of Idanyin community in Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota area of Ogun state has protested against what they called ‘an aberration to Idanyin community’ over an unjust appointment of Mr. Joshua Aminu Amusa, an Eegun man as a coronet Oba in their community.
This was contained in a protest letter written to the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun and obtained by VOA News correspondent.
The letter reads in part, “May we succinctly put the facts aggravating crises and exasperation among the good people of Idanyin Community. The traditional institution of Idanyin Community originated and revolves within OYELA DESCENDANT (Oyela, the progenitor and founder of Idanyin community migrated from Iga-Ilu Idofin in Igbesa and founded the place now known as Idanyin). Thus, Oyela descendants are divided into four ruling houses known as Ashade Ogbo ruling house, Obanla Amuni ruling house, Okedeyi ruling house and Idah ruling house and these ruling houses has produced seven Baale in Idanyin among themselves since 1910.”
It was stated in the letter that the community has had seven(7) community heads, otherwise known as ‘Baale’ from 1910 – till date, viz; Chief Ashade Ogbo Adoku from Ashade Ogbo ruling house; who reigned from 1910 to 1925, Chief Oba-nla Amuni Ajose of the Oban-nla Amuni ruling house; who reigned from 1925 to 1942, Chief Okedeyi Akinbo from the Okedeyi ruling house; who reigned from 1942 to 1949, Chief Akinneyin Ode Ajose from the Oba-nla Amuni ruling house; who reigned from 1950 to 1964, Chief Gbadamosi Ashade Ogbo of the Ashade Ogbo ruling house; who reigned from 1964 to 1989, Chief Babatunde Akinneyin of the Oba-nla ruling house who reigned from 1990 to 2009 and Chief Kazeem Ebelamu Adeniyi who is acting in a regency capacity from 2009 till date. It was further stated that a candidate has been appointed to fill the vacant stool in the past four years, if not for the death of the consenting authority (Onigbesa of Igbesa) that put further installation processes of the new Baale on hold, a substantive Baale would have been installed.
The family however, alleged that the immediate past Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun promised the impostor Oba, Mr. Joshua Aminu Amusa to win and deliver Idanyin community for his Governorship candidate under Allied People’s Movement, APM and he will in return, appoint and install him as Oba in Idanyin community.
“However, sometimes in 2018, it came as a rumour that the immediate past Governor. Senator Ibikunle Amosun promised one Mr. Joshua Aminu Amusa that if he can win and deliver Idanyin community for his Governorship candidate (Mr. Akinlade under APM) He, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will appoint and install Mr. Joshua Aminu Amusa as the Oba of Idanyin land.
The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Ogun state, Chief Jide Ojuko was also indicted of ‘double dealings’ in the letter as he was said to have intervened in the matter and promised them of their administration’s commitment in ensuring peace reigns in the community by not imposing a ‘strange’ man as an Oba in Idanyin after the latter in company of Chief Durojaye Adewunmi, the Otunba of Igbesa, Chief Muri Aro, the Aro of Igbesa and Chief Monsuru Babatunde, the Elemo of Igbesa protested and submitted their protest letter at the office of the Commissioner sometime in March, 2019.
“It is disheartening to note that the Commissioner addressed us in deceit on the day of the protest, because barely three weeks after the protest against the installation of Mr. Joshua Aminu as a king in Idanyin, he was eventually appointed and installed as a king.”
VOA News correspondent gathered that the estranged king, though suspended but still parading himself as a king as at the time of filing this report has no connection in Idanyin, as the receipt of a piece of land which his late father bought from the community is intact for further scrutiny. “May we say without mincing words that Mr. Joshua Aminu Amusa do not belong to any ruling house in Idanyin community, he has no connection to the Idanyin Chieftaincy stool, he is not an indigene of Idanyin community, but a complete stranger, an unknown and unfamiliar with Idanyin traditional institution, to put in a better word, an Egun man in an Awori land who has never been made a Chief nor a Baale in Idanyin and its environs.”
The family has however, thanked the executive Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for reversing the appointment of the 75 Obas installed by the Amosun led administration inn order for due diligence to take its toll on who truly merits the throne. In the same vein, they have pleaded with the Governor, the Paramount ruler of Yewa land, HRM Oba Dr. Kehinde Olugbenle, Olota of Ota, HRM Oba (Prof.) Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege and other Awori monarchs, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun state, The Department of States Security, and other relevant stakeholders to wade into the matter so as to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the peaceful community.