Osun monarch blames traditional rulers for nation’s woes

 By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo 

A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Ilufemiloye Telu I, has blamed traditional rulers, saying they are the parts of the problems and not solution to the myraid of challenges facing the nation. The monarch spoke at the laying of foundation of a six-room office complex being constructed in Olomowere area of the town by a community leader, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, for smooth take-off of the newly created Iwo East Local Council Development Area by the Rauf Aregbesola administration. 

Oba Akanbi, who also described the problems facing the nation as spiritual, maintained that royal fathers must first possess qualities of spiritual leaders and must fully take charge and lead their domains as models. 

Lamenting that the royal fathers have lost the essense of the stools upon which they sit, the Oluwo maintained that the kings have depeer sipirtual functions to play beyond traditional roles. 

According to him, “Finding solutions to the national challenges, the royal fathers must first begin the process of self cleansing. They must be able to assert the authorities given to them by God. Unfortunately, many of them have submitted their spiritual authorities to idols and lesser objects than God and individuals and therefore losing being in control. For doing this, they have also lost the authorities and power conferred on them by God.” 

He commended Ogundokun for supporting the state government to achieve its objectives of spreading development to all nooks and crannies of the state, urging other wealthy Nigerians to emulate Ogundokun’s gesture and love for the development of his community.

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