Ejigbo Obaship Standoff: Open Letter To Lagos State Commissioner For Local Government And Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami
By: Oyetoro Oluwaseyi. A
Your Excellency sir, I write to laud your efforts towards ensuring sustainability of peace and tranquility in Lagos State as she becomes a mega city, most importantly, in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs which you oversee. May God reward you accordingly.
Permit me to also appreciate you for keying in to the President Muhammad Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade by working assiduously towards ensuring that our number one enemy in the country is once and for all nip in the bud. I would like to recommend you for a National award as one of the few anti-corruption soldiers left in Nigeria.
Sir, I don’t want to be carried away with the euphoria of eulogizing you for the good things through which you have used your office to do in our dear state, I want to thank you in advance for the fatherly role which the good people of Ejigbo Local Council Development Areas will enjoy through your intervention on the injustice that have been meted on them.
The people of Ejigbo, Lagos are Aworis by tribe and by implication, they are law abiding, peace loving, accommodating and enduring. But I would like to bring to your notice that their patience pill is almost exhausted over the impasse in their Obaship issue which has lingered on for donkey years.
Honourable Commissioner sir, just recently, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, after 25 years, decided to give justice to the family of late M.K.O Abiola by declaring him the winner of the June 12, 1993 election. He also went extra mile of conferring on him the highest title in the country, (GCFR). This is affirming the popular believe that justice delayed may not be denied. Your Excellency sir, the law abiding people of Ejigbo request just only one thing from you, “Emulate President Muhammad Buhari” by respecting the Supreme court’s ruling of 1951 in suit no 57/51 where Balogun Amusa Ibideru challenged Sule Agoro, the then Ojon of Ijon. The ruling reads, “Ejigbo people owns Ojon, there is a land called Ojon, the Chief of the place is Ijon. Ejigbo people, and not Lagos Island caps Ojon of Ijon, but they have not done so as at then. Also, Sule Agoro was an impostor on the land”. The ruling defeated Sule Agoro, the then Ojon of Ijon.
Fast forward to 1996, the Lagos State Tribunal made reference to the suit, in their view of the report of the standing tribunal of inquiry into Chieftaincy matters on the Ojon of Ejigbo.
Also in October, 1998, the Lagos State Government gave their view on the tribunal.
The good people of Ejigbo have only one claim Your Excellency, let the people of Ijon go to the land which the Ejigbo have given them territory over and leave our own territory for us.
Doing this Your Excellency, will enable you write your name in the sand of time by not only respecting the rule of law, also making the unborn children in Ejigbo have where to call home.
The entire Ejigbo people look forward to you putting smiles on their faces by granting their singular request as stated above.
I wish you a smooth ride through the remaining 184 days in office.