A traditional cultural organization in Ipara Remo, Ogun State, Ipara Cultural Heritage Protection Council (ICHPC) has faulted the emergence of Mr Taiwo Taiwo as the new Onipara elect to describe it as the brazing and horrendous rape of traditional processes, bifurcation of trans- ancestral cultural norms of selecting an Onipara of Ipara.
In a 30- page petition signed by Dr John Olanipekun and Babs Awopeju, President and Secretary-general of the group which was addressed to the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun and made available to the press in Lagos yesterday, and signed by all members of Ipara Cultural Heritage Protection Council, the group alleged that the emergence of Mr Taiwo Taiwo is not only fraught with abuse of tradition process but that the said Taiwo is not from any royal house in Ipara.
The group pointed out that there are four sacrosanct qualifications and process of selection of a new Onipara of Ipara
1. The nominated candidate MUST be either a paternal prince of the Ruling House or a maternal prince in the absence of a paternal prince.
2. His name Must be submitted by the current Head of the next ruling House
3. Ifa and traditional process Must be adhered to
4. All the Kingmakers must be involved in the selection
“One of the sacrosanct qualifications in any culturally matured society in Yoruba land is the cultural injunction that whosoever must be a King should be from recognized royal house in the community. But in this case of Mr Taiwo Taiwo, he is not from any royal house in Ipara Remo.“
The group pointed out in the petition ‘As at today, there are four legally recognised ruling houses in Ipara Remo, as Gazetted by the Western government of Chief Obafemi Awolowo with other additional two which have not been legally restored into the line.
They are as follows:
!) Adumari Ruling House
2) Olamasa Ruling House
3) Amororo Ruling House
4) Agbogunote Ruling House
5) Keresunwon Ruling House (not gazetted)
6) Lakonlu/Lasore Ruling House (not gazetted)
The last two were to be restored into the Ruling Houses in accordance to the White Paper produced but yet to be gazetted by the government of Olabisi Onabanjo 1979 – 1984 before the government was abolished by Buhari/Idiagbon government of 1984.”
The group disclosed that “lpara Remo has been without a traditional ruler since June, 2017 when the last Onipara of Ipara Remo, HRH Oba Fatai Sorinola (Olamasa II) joined his ancestors.
Based on the subsisting declaration, which was made by the former, Western Region Government of Nigeria and the declaration in question contained the conditions that must be followed in respect of each town within its domain. So, the process of finding a suitable person that will succeed the late Oba started, when the Kingmakers led by the Chairman – High Chief Oluwole Sorinola in conjunction with Local Government Secretary to formally informed Amororo Ruling House as the next in line to produce the Onipara of Ipara Remo in accordance with government declaration of 1958.”
“And based on this directive, Amororo House presented the name of Prince Adewale Amororo after being screened along others in consultation with lfa Oracle, being the only Prince from the paternal side while the others are from the maternal side among other factors to the Kingmakers and the Local Government Secretary as dictated by the law and tradition of Ipara Remo’
The group alleged that Mr Taiwo Taiwo is neither from paternal nor maternal member of the Amororo Ruling House and his name was not the one submitted to the Kingmakers and the Local Government Secretary respectively as declaration instructed.
Mr Taiwo Taiwo claimed to be maternally related to Amororo House, a claim which he could not convincingly substantiate through birth or relationship and a claim which has been disproved and refuted as untrue by the 95 years old head of Amororo Ruling House – Omo’Oba Gbowowa.
Mr Taiwo candidature is predicated on his loyalty to Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi as a member of the same socio-cultural club named – lpara Club.
It was Chief Ogunbiyi with active connivance with of Hon. Adebiyi Adeleye, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Political Affairs and Hon. Abiodun Somoye, Chairman Remo North Local government who hijacked the selection process, discarded the traditional rites, lured only 3 kingmakers excluded Chief Oluwole Sorinlola – The Oluwo of lpara Remo and the Chairman of Kingmakers, his Vice – OloriEmo Prince Adekunle Adeyiga and others from the selection process at the town hall under heavy security cover and announced Mr Taiwo Taiwo, a non- prince of unknown ruling houses as the new Onipara Elect.
The emergence of Taiwo Taiwo as the Onipara elect is the highest frightening traditional fraud ever perpetrated in Ipara land since its foundation by the great hero Ogunola. A daylight robbery planned, nurtured and prosecuted by a non – kingmaker, Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi, in conjunction with Hon. Adebiyi Adeleye, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Political Affairs and Hon. Abiodun Somoye, Chairman, Remo North Local Government Council and his willing tool Secretary, Hon Muyiwa Sodade.
The procurement of Mr. Taiwo Taiwo and the consequent announcement of his name as the Onipara of Ipara elect is sacrilegious, counterfeit, forgery, deceitful, profane, fraudulent, against the tradition of Ipara Remo and flagrant oppression of equity, justice and fairness.
It took the wisdom of Akarigbo of Remo, HRM Oba Babatunde Ajayi to debunked the processes that led to the selection and refused to give his blessings and endorsement as enshrined in the declaration. And do hope that the government of Dipo Abiodun will apply the same wisdom.
This brazen slapping of tradition, the debasement of culture and attempt at the enthronement of fraud must not stand demands the group.