•Monarchs queried for shunning meeting •No plan to depose Ewi, others says govt
From Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has queried 11 prominent monarchs, demanding explanation for their absence from the Council of Traditional Rulers monthly meetings and state official functions for the past six months.
aOthers are: Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adejimi; Olomuo of Omuo, Oba Noah Omonigbehin; Alaaye of Efon, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare; Ologotun of Oguntun, Oba Samuel Oyebade and Olujudo of Ido-Faboro, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro
The governor, through Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, gave the traditional rulers 72 hours to respond to the query.
The Bureau, in a letter dated March 11 and signed by its Permanent Secretary, Mr. A. O. Adeoye, said the monarchs’ deliberate actions and inactions without any justification flagrantly negated the administration of chieftaincy institution in the state.
A copy of the paragraph letter marked P&E/CH/118/Vol.VII and titled “Re: Absence from State functions and Council of Traditional Rulers’ Monthly Meeting” and sighted by our correspondent indicated that Governor Fayemi has given the monarchs 72 hours to respond to the query issued them.
Governor Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, has debunked insinuation that the government was allegedly making moves to depose the affected traditional monarchs.
He described the allegations as mere conjectural statements and malicious misrepresentation of the true situation, saying the rumour was an attempt by the opposition to incite the people against the government.