There was protest in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, as village heads and residents of the town staged a peaceful protest against an alleged plan to depose of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji.
The protest took off from the residence of the leader of Osogbo Village Heads, Chief Jimoh Buraimo, and moved to Odi-Olowo before moving in a long convoy of vehicles to Abere Government Secretariat, in Osun State.
The residents were armed with placards with inscriptions such as; ‘Don’t cause confusion and violence in Osogbo’, ‘Stop attempt to depose Oba Jimoh Abidemi Olanipekun,’ amongst others, just as they claim that the state government was after the royal father for undisclosed reasons.
Chief Buraimo, while addressing journalists, alleged that there are clandestine moves by the government to depose Oba Olanipekun without any just cause.
He said: “The attempt by the Osun State Government to take this unholy approach is against the backdrop of the existing case instituted by the members of Oluwin Ajibilu/Oyekomi Family of Oyekomi’s Compound, Osogbo in Suit No: HOS/115/2022: PRINCE SAKARIYAU ALABI ADEBIYI & 2 ORS VS HRM OBA JIMOH OLANIPEKUN (ATAOJA OF OSOGBO). The 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants represent the Osun State Government and the case is still pending at the High Court of Justice, Osogbo.
“The current attempt being made by the state government is capable of disrupting the existing peace in Osogbo and Osun State in general. It is equally an attempt to usurp the power and function of the judiciary to adjudicate on the matter currently pending in the court of law and it is highly prejudicial to and contemptuous of the process of the honourable court of Osun State.
“It is to be noted that we cannot accept this unlawful attempt which will portray Osun State Government as highly insensitive and blind to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Osun State. The institution of Ataoja of Osogbo land is the custodian of our traditional heritage. An attempt to illegally remove the occupant of the exalted office is an affront on our traditional inheritance which shall be resisted legally.”
According to Chief Buraimo, Osogbo indigenes will not allow moves to remove the monarch, adding that they were ready to resist the conspiracy to cause disunity, chaos, violence and disharmony in the state.