Quit secret societies, Oluwo tells Yoruba monarchs

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has asked traditional rulers in Yorubaland to renounce their membership of secret societies.

Akanbi said such societies only enslaved their members after promising them  false spiritual and financial  gains.

According to him,  the influence of monarchs has been reduced by their membership of secret societies.

He  added  that their membership of such societies   had made them subservient to the desires of cult leaders who should be their subjects.

The Iwo leader said   monarchs  in the South-West should come together to form a council of Yoruba obas and reassert their God-given authority.

Akanbi spoke on Tuesday in a statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem.

In the statement, the traditional ruler asked the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi, and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to lead the “revolution” against secret societies.

He said if they failed to respond, he was ready to lead the “revolution”.

He said, “Secret societies have stolen kings’ rights. The only way is a revolution to be led by a valiant and a leading Yoruba monarch. I see  the Alaafin and Awujale having that courage. Baba Alaafin can lead this campaign with Awujale, as monarchs with a lot of history. I want to task the Alaafin to lead the revolution at liberating monarchs from the growing decimation of their influence occasioned by membership of secret societies. If Baba Alaafin refuses, I will start the revolution. I have obas willing to follow. If the  Alaafin, Awujale and Akiolu are ready, I pledge my unalloyed support at all costs. The institution is one and must be defended at this time.

“The best way to achieve this is by  launching  the  Central Council of Yoruba Obas (Ijo Oba). The body  will be a supreme council for the discussion of Yoruba affairs and an apex decision organ in the land. It will comprise only obas and must mandate those willing to join to renounce  their membership of any secret societies. I have trust in the capacity of the Alaafin, Awujale and Akiolu to live up to expectations and lead the revolutionary liberation from the subjects turning themselves to lords.”

He said, “You can be member of any secret cult before becoming  a king, but must renounce your membership the day you are proclaimed. Secret cults influence your influence, even to the distaste of your subjects and domain. They control you with false claims and alarm.

“Most of these secret groups have leaders who are ordinary subjects of kings, but subject kings under them to their dictates and directives even in conduct of his community affairs. Many of our subjects have infiltrated cult groups to pulverise the image of kings.”

The Oluwo blamed  the  killing of Nigerians, especially students, for rituals  on the activities of secret  societies, adding that monarchs supporting such groups were enemies of the country.


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  1. Comfort zone Okoro June 12, 2019 — 5:43 pm

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