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.
Erinmo-Ijesha, an ancient town in Oriade Local Government Area, lost its monarch in 2010
Alimi said the government had utmost respect for traditional institution as well as the need 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 to 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 with 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.
“Erinmo is a big ancient city, where the tradition and custom of being ruled by an Oba is greatly cherished.’’ (NAN)