10 February 2009

Nigeria: Osun Govt, Ooni Elevate Modakeke Chief to Oba

Permanent peace may have returned to Ife and Modakeke as both the Osun State Government and the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, have agreed that Francis Adedoyin, a Chief, should be upgraded to an Oba under the headship of Sijuwade.

The refusal of the people of Ife to grant the elevation had caused the war between the two communities that went on for decades.

The new deal was brokered by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola who convened a meeting at Sijuwade's palace where the decision was reached, based on the recommendation of a committee constituted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The meeting was attended by Adedoyin and his Chiefs.

It was agreed, as recommended by the committee, that a separate council be carved out of the area and headquartered in Modakeke.

Displaced Modakeke farmers will return provided they recognise the people of Ife as the land owners.

Sijuwade stressed that the two communities desire permanent peace, and that everything would be done to sustain the current harmony.

He pleaded with all sides to forget the past and join hands to bolster the renewed hope and love.

He announced that Adedoyin would soon be presented with a crown commensurate with his new status.

Adedoyin described Sijuwade as his father and expressed appreciation for his gesture to him and to the people of Modakeke.

He pledged his loyalty and that of his people to Sijuwade and rededicated himself to peace in the domain.

Oyinlola thanked both communities for making the historic event possible, and assured that his government would support peace statewide.

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