But for the timely intervention of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi would have been dragged to court over his unruly behavior when he beats a fellow Oba, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dikrulahi Akinropo blue and black last week.
Oluwo, who have not hidden his closeness to the Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola was said to have called the governor to intervene when it was apparent that the AIG Zone X1, Mr. Bashir Makama who witnessed the show of shame was willing to prosecute him. And unlike former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Segun Mimiko who showed leadership when Deji of Akure was constituting public nuisance and deposed him, Governor Oyetola may not be able to take such hard decision, more-so, when Oluwo, apart from being a close associate of the Governor played a prominent role during his election.
The complicity of Governor Oyetola in the whole brouhaha was apparent.More than 72 hours after the incident, despite public outcry and the fact that two of his Commissioners witnessed the show of shame, the Governor through his Commissioner for information, Mrs Funke Egbemode, on Monday managed to issue a statement that the incident was unfortunate and avoidable. The statement further stated that the Council of Traditional Rulers in the state has waded into the crisis, meaning that the Governor has passed the buck.
Since he became Oluwo, Oba Akanbi’s public conducts have leaves much to be desired. His first victim was Alhaji Abiola Ogundokun, an elder from Iwo. His feud with Ogundokun had hardly died down when Oba Akanbi attack an Islamic cleric from Iwo and banned him from conducting prayers in his Mosque. It took the intervention of the Court to restrain Oba Akanbi. A court has also issued a bench warrant against him when he was in contempt of court against a fellow Oba. Oba Akanbi also had a serious altercation with the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, at a function that nearly degenerated to a fisticuffs between him and Ooni security.
His latest onslaught against a fellow Oba over land tussle is seen as an anathema and unbecoming of a public conduct of a first class monarch.
Though some residents of Ogbaagbaa, Kuta and Ile-Ogbo staged a protest at Osogbo on Monday calling on Governor Oyetola to dethrone Oluwo, with the Governors’ statement that the matter has been referred to the council of traditional rulers in the state for adjudication, it’s given that the matter will also die a natural death since no traditional ruler in the state dare raise any issue against him.
As the state that prides itself as Living Spring waited with bathed breadth on who will be the next victim of Oluwo, it remains to be seen if Governor Oyetola will muster enough courage to call the Oluwo who has debased royalty severally through his unruly public conduct to order.