HOW SOON WILL ABIODUN RIGHT THE WRONG IN ADO-ODO?.

By Adelanwa OYENEKAN

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Will Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun,  bring the long desired justice to the perceived injustice in Ado Odo Area of Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state, almost seven years after the Olofin of Ado Odo, Oba Lateef Akanni Adediran was humiliated, maltreated and has since been forced to live in exile?.
The ancient town was on April 15, 2013, engulfed in violence, leading to the razing of the Olofin’s palace with many traditional artifacts including ancient crown destroyed.
The Olofin and his wife, Olorin Fausat narrowly escaped death, as hoodlums believed to have been sponsored by his opponents waylaid him and committed sacrilege against the tradition of the Yoruba in general and Awori in particular by stripping him almost naked.
They did not only beat the monarch to stupor, but stripped him naked with  Olori Fausat, escaped being raped by their assailants. However, she sustained severed injuuries which left her to carry the Plaster of Paris  for so many months.
Vehicles, furniture, documents and other valuables were also destroyed during the man-made fire that engulfed the Awori townTo the delight of residents of the state, the  administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, did not waste time in constituting a commission of inquiry headed by Justice Oluwatosin Elizabeth Osinuga. 
Although,  the panel did a yeoman’s job, but its report is yet to be made public, almost seven years after, raising many questions that are begging for answers.
Despite efforts made  by indigenes and concerned stakeholders of the town, Amosun left office without ensuring that Oba Adediran returned to his ancestral palace.
One of the stakeholders, under the aegis of Ado Odo Concerned Peoples Forum, (AOCPF) during a visit to the then Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, appealed to government to ensure the return of Olofin to his palace without further delay.
A member of the group, Chief Olawale Taofeek, then in an interview said the forum was anxiously wishing an early return of Oba Adeniran to Ado Odo. Unfortunately, that wish remains a dream that is yet to materialise even years after he spoke. 
”We are worried and bothered about the continued stay in exile of Oba Adeniran,  years after unwarranted attack on him, his household and the palace. Four us as indigenes of Ado Odo, having our paramount ruler in exile for this long after an unjust treatment on him and the entire town is not good enough for us as a people and the entire Yoruba race”.
The group appealed to indigenes of the town to ensure bitterness and ensure peaceful co-existence among one another.The AOCPF is not alone in this quest for the return of Oba Adediran to Ado Odo, many other people across the town are worried for the continued exile of their monarch.
Another indigene said: ”what’s happening to Olofin is very unfortunate, I don’t think it can happen to any Ijebu or Egba monarch. I remember how the government handled the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Oba Razak Adenugba’s clash with the students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in 2005.
”Although Oba Adenugba was indicted by the government’s white paper, he was not banished from his palace or treated with ignominy the way Olofin is being treated; rather he was given soft landing by the state government may be because he was of Ijebu stock”
”Whatever offence Olofin must have committed, It is high time he was forgiven by anyone, group or government of the day. Oba Adeniran has suffered enough persecution and should be spared for the humiliation” he said.
A prominent illustrious son of Ado Ado, who spoke on condition of anonymity lamented: ”I feel ashamed as a chief that a Yoruba monarch has been subjected to this injustice by government that supposed to ensure justice to all and sundry”

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