Oyo: Ogbomoso Mogajis Warn Chief Imam Against Incessant Attacks on Monarch

Five compound heads popularly known as Mogajis of the Soun of Ogbomoso ruling houses, on Thursday, warned the Chief Imam of Ogbomosoland, Teliat Ayilara, to stop his incessant attacks on Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ghandi Olaoye.

The Mogajis, who addressed journalists in Ogbomoso, further asked the religious leader to desist from acts capable of desecrating the exalted throne of the Soun and, by extension, the people of Ogbomoso.

The family heads at the press conference were Lamidi Itabiyi of the Aburumaku ruling house; Sikiru Oyelami, of the Gbagun ruling house; Olawole Olaoye of the Laoye ruling house; Oyebamiji Oyedeji, who represented Bolanta ruling house and Ilufoye Olayode of the Odunaro ruling house.

The PUNCH reports that the Ayilara family had alleged that the Chief Imam was not a bonafide member of the family.

The development prompted the monarch to set up panels to look into the allegation, with the recommendation that the religious leader should step aside to allow for consultation with the family.

Following the monarch’s intervention, the embattled Chief Imam resorted to the denigration of Oba Olaoye and would not spare him from abuses.

Warning the religious leader against such an act, the mogajis said, “Ayilara’s insults against the Kabiyesi are infuriating. We condemn and denounce his impudence and actions. He is warned to stop talking about the Soun; he should sort out his problem with his family as it has nothing to do with our revered Kabiyesi.

“He should never mention Soun’s name in the imbroglio again, because his utterances are distracting and create disaffection. Moreover, all the recent appointments he made are null and void, because he never obtained the approval of the Soun by custom and tradition.”

They restated that as family heads, they would not accept such sacrilege from anyone in Ogbomosoland.

“For him to have taken Soun to court is sacrilegious. How can you sue someone who installed you? Soun’s stool has nothing to do with whether you are a Christian or Muslim; it is an institution that transcends such absurdity.

“We reaffirm the Ogbomoso Central Mosque is the property of the Soun. It belongs to the king. We reiterate the Soun ruling houses express disapproval of the impudent acts of the Chief Imam, which is a defilement of the sanctity of the throne of our forefathers.

“However, we are constricted by the court cases and we await their verdicts. In the interim, we refuse to be distracted or be drawn into the shenanigans of the Imam and his cohorts; we restate we will not take much from him again.”

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