The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwisi, Saturday declared that there was nothing like tension in his domain over an alleged altercation between the Yoruba and Hausa Communities in Ile Ife,contrary to media reports.
Oba Ogunwusi in a statement issued and signed by the Director,Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s palace, Comrade Moses Olafare, made available to journalists, described the report of tension or conflict “in any part of the peaceful ancient city ” as a lie peddled by enemies of the land.
Specifically, the statement pointed out that the said killings incident on a farm as reported happened at a village called Alaba Aruwa, in Osu, Atakunmosa west local government area of Osun state.
“The Palace of the Arole Oodua’Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, wishes to factually set the record straight about the report of an alleged altercation between Yoruba (host) and Hausa communities in Ile Ife, Osun state on Friday.
“There is no tension whatsoever in Ile Ife and its environs as natives and other residents including the Hausa and other non-Yoruba speaking communities in the land peacefully go about their daily socio-economic activities.” he said.
The statement added, “Reports of tension or conflict in any part of the peaceful ancient city is a lie peddled by enemies of the land as the killing incident on a farm as reported happened at a village called Alaba-Aruwa in Osu, Atakumosa West Local Government Area of the state.
“That a group of the Yoruba people embarked on a peaceful match to the Palace on Friday morning to register their displeasure about killing of one of them on the farm allegedly carried out by some Hausa people.The match was done in recognition of the respected throne of the Ooni in order to get the security report across to the relevant security stakeholders in which immediate action was taken to top-up security in the affected area.”
“That there is no killing or attack of whatever form in Ile Ife as being speculated in some quarters. That the Ooni who received the protesters through representatives has since informed relevant stakeholders including the Nigeria Police through which normalcy has returned to the affected area.”