The traditional rulers in Awori, Ado-Odo/Ota and part of Ifo local government areas of Ogun State have formed a new forum, tagged ‘Awori Obas Forum in Ogun State.’

The monarchs, numbering about 30, selected the Olota of Ota, Oba AbdulKabir Obalanlege, as the Chairman of the forum, and both the Olofin of Ado and Olofin Isheri as co-chairmen.

Rising from a meeting held at the palace of Olota, the monarchs protested that they were fed up with the present arrangement in the state traditional council where they were made members of either Egba or Yewa traditional councils in the state.

The Olota, who spoke with journalists on behalf of others, complained that the Awori Obas were made to serve under either of three authorities, which he described as wrong.

He added that all the Awori Obas were made to take their authorities from Egba, Yewa or Ifo local government.

He therefore called on the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to allow the change in the present arrangement and allow the Awori Obas in the state to have their independent traditional council.

He said, “Our mission is very clear, some of us are with Egba traditional council, some are with Yewa traditional council; this is a misnomer. As brothers, we are supposed to be together.”

“I believe our identity must remain one, and that is Awori. I see no justification in the separation of Awories and I am using this opportunity to appeal to the executive governor of Ogun State who is also a prince. I believe he knows the consequence of what is happening to Aworis.

“The Ijebus are together, the Egbas are together, the Yewas are together, so what is happening to the Aworis? I think government should do something about it.”


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