- Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has met Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state
- The meeting was part of reconciliatory efforts to settle the rift between the governor and Ekiti state traditional rulers' council known as Pelupelu kings
- Ooni's meeting with Governor Fayemi came after Alaafin of Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi met the governor over the same issue
As part of reconciliatory efforts to pacify the warring parties into burying their hatchets, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has met Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.
The first-class traditional Yoruba monarch met Fayemi in Ekiti state on Monday, March 16, over a brewing crisis that has pitched the governor against Ekiti State Traditional Rulers' Council.
Legit.ng notes that the meeting between the Ooni and Fayemi came after the governor travelled to the Ibadan residence of Alaafin of Oyo over the same issue.
Earlier, the governor had issued a query letter to 11 first-class traditional rulers in Ekiti state over alleged non-cooperation with government and leadership of the traditional council.
The Ekiti monarchs, knowns as Pelupelu kings, had boycotted state functions and monthly meetings of the state council of traditional rulers after Fayemi appointed Ajibade Alabi, Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, as chairman of the state traditional rulers council.
The first-class monarchs were said to be displeased with the way the governor appointed a subordinate king to lead them and headed to the court to challenge the appointment.
As the crisis took a dangerous dimension, Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamide Adeyemi warned Fayemi to tread softly in his handling of the leadership crisis rocking the state traditional council.
The Oyo monarch later met the governor with the meeting coming on Sunday, March 16, in Ibadan.
Oba Ogunwusi also visited the state on Monday where he met with the aggrieved monarchs in the state and the governor. The meeting seemed to prove fruitful as both parties were beaming with smiles.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Fayemi on Monday, March 16, signed the southwest security initiative called Amotekun into law.
In his warning to criminals in the state, Fayemi said that security is a priority in his government, Nigerian Tribune reports. The governor said that Amotekun is designed to track and deal with criminals not just in the state but also in the region.
He said: “Amotekun will get them and they will be prosecuted.”
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