31 December 2012

Nigeria: How New Peace Deal Could Be Sustained in Ogun - Alake of Egbaland

Abeokuta — Paramount ruler and Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has given assurance of sustaining the new peace deal brokered between him and the three other sectional monarchs in the ancient land of Ogun State.

Decades of supremacy battle had sharply divided the four sections, including Egba Alake, Owu, Gbagura, and Okeona Egba, particularly the last three claiming equal status with the Alake. But the four monarchs at the Ogun Government House, Oke Igbehin at the weekend resolved to forge a common front. This was after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former head of Interim National

Government (ING) Chief Ernest Shonekan and industrialist Chief Tunde Abudu interim committee brokered truce.

Ogun governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, who initiated the conflict resolution, described it as historic, saying the peace move started on November 3, when he approached Obasanjo to mediate in the supremacy tussle.

Amosun said he only create a platform for ventilation of misgivings in order to achieve unity. "We need unity in order to prosper more. Our forebears were very united, and they did very well. This is the right time to unite in order to nurture development of the race and entire state", he said. Oba Gbadebo assured that the traditional rulers are ready more than ever before to ensure that the new direction is sustained.

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