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‘Song of War’: The untold story of Ajegunle and Ahun communities in Oro Ago district of Kwara

By: Abdulganeey Adeyemi Abiola

The state of affairs concerning the issue of Obaship in Ajegunle and Ahun communities of Oro-Ago district in Ifelodun Local Government of Kwara State is gradually leading up to what could generate intercommunal violence and religious tension among neighboring communities in the state.

This emerged as members of the two communities accused neighbours of gang-up, and unnecessary attempts to sabotaging their efforts to get the full status of ‘Obaship’.

Apart from ‘Obaship’ tussle, the duo of Ajegunle and Ahun communities have decried clampdown and denial of major developments in the hands of Oro-Agos’ and other communities on several occasions.

They explained that they are receiving such bitter treatments because the two communities are believed to be dominated by Muslim faithful, unlike its neighbouring communities which are dominated largely by Christian believers.

Meanwhile, they have accused the Christian Association on Nigeria (CAN) chapter in Oro-Ago district of fanning the ember of disunity, rebellions, and vendettas among individual communities.

The Obaship tussle: what really transpired

Ajegunle and Ahun communities were first graded the last year of 2019 during the erstwhile Governor Ahmed Abdulfatah administration, and have since been ready for the presentation of staff of office.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a well-recognized member of the community claimed that the past administration also admitted that the quest for grading and subsequently, presentation of staff of the office is long overdue but could not sustain the formal (Staff of Office) due to obvious agenda of election and electioneering process in the state as at the period.

The source claimed that having been graded to the status of Oba, and all necessary documents that entail the ‘Obaship’ status being verified and confirmed by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved their ‘Obaship’.

“But it came as a rude shock that the earlier approvals were withdrawn because some hidden forces, surprisingly linked to the Royal Highness, Oloro of Oro-Ago Kingdom, and others are making efforts to block their ways to’ Obaship’ with the help of the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Kayode Alabi, who is equally backing their sinister plots, the source had alleged.

The Informant247 has, on Monday, learnt that the government has presented staff of office to the other seven communities except for Ajegunle and Ahun that is from Aro-Ago district where the Deputy governor hails from.

Others include Masudo, Afin Ile-Ere, Ilupeju, Oke-Opin, Alasoro all in Ifelodun Local Government; Inaja in Oyun Local Government and Odo-Eku in Ekiti Local Government.

However, the two communities have called on well-meaning Kwarans to plead on their behalf to the governor to rush to their aid so that perceived enemies of progress will not take advantage of the government to unleash evil thereby causing havoc among neighbouring communities.

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