Osun govt to fill Elerinmo-Ijesha traditional stool soon – Commissioner

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OSOGBO – Mr Kolapo Alimi, the Osun State Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, said the state government would soon  fill the vacant stool of Elerinmo-Ijesha.

Alimi, who said in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo , noted the government had in motion the necessary machinery for it.

Erinmo-Ijesha, an ancient town in Oriade Local Government Area, lost its monarch in 2010

The commissioner said the government would follow all due process according the tradition and the enabling in filling the vacant stool.

He said his officials had met and chiefs who were identify the next ruling house.

Alimi said the government had utmost respect for traditional institution as well as the for mutual resolution of issues.

Some members of the community have staged a protest in front of the government secretariat in Osogbo asking the government fill the vacant stool.

In a petition signed by three traditional chiefs –  Daniel Agbedu, Sunday Ayeni and Isaac Omoniyi –  the community restated its desire for a substantive ruler.

“In accordance the tradition and custom of Erinmo Ijesha, not less than seven to nine kingmakers must decide who will be the next Elerinmo,’’ the chiefs said.

“Presently, only three of us are the surviving kingmakers in Erinmo. We have submitted names of kingmakers to be so that there will be enough kingmakers.

“Erinmo is a big ancient city, where the tradition and custom of being ruled by an Oba is greatly cherished.’’ (NAN)