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Kwara Community Decries Attempt To Distort History



The People of Omu-Aran in Irepodun local government area of Kwara have vowed to resist any attempt aimed at distorting the town’s traditional history by any person or group.

The community made their position known during the launching of a 37 book titled, “The struggle for the Throne of Omu-Aran (1900-1945) Setting the Record Straight: A Rejoinder” in Omu-Aran.

The book which was jointly authored by The Council of Olomu Princes and Princesses was in response to an earlier book where alleged 26 distortions and fallacies were observed.

The community said such distortions and fallacies, if allowed to stay, could be inimical to the desired unity, peaceful co-existence and socio-economic development of the area.

According to the authors, the earlier book was an assault on the integrity of the traditional kingship system of Omu-Aran as well as attempted assassination of the characters of past and present sons and daughters of Omu-Aran.

“It was an attempt to foment trouble and instigate violence in an otherwise peace-loving and development –focused community.

“As critical stakeholders in the kingship institution of the ancient and justifiable proud town of Omu-Aran, we have painstakingly read through the said book but could not fathom what motivated the author to write the book.

“We don’t know the purpose it is meant to achieve at this point in time especially as the book is merely a compilation of lies and distorted history,” the authors stated.

Chief Kayode Ajitoni, an Associate Professor at the University of Ibadan, while reviewing the book said the traditional title of Esinkin and the Olomu are two separate titles being occupied by different people from time immemorial.

“Some pages in the book dwelled extensively on the true position of kingship system of Omu-Aran people especially the fact that the titles of Esinkin and Olomu are separate entities contrary to the wrong notion being peddled.

“The book stated that this fact was clearly stated in the book earlier written on Omu-Aran by Samuel Johnson, the Ajayi’s on Yoruba as well as the one written by Prof. Akintoye of Ekiti.

“The last person that occupies the position of Esinkin was the late Gen. Bamigboye who was honoured as an indigene because the position is always the exclusive preserve of the non-indigenes.

“So if this was the arrangement since the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries it is a fallacy to now say otherwise in the 20th century,” he said.

Ajitoni said the book also described as alien the dedication of the offensive book to an unknown Royal Throne of Aribuki by Rev Abidoye, its author.

According to him, the book being reviewed noted that such Aribuki is alien to the history of Omu-Aran and that the only recognised throne to have emanated from Ile-Ife to Omu-Aran was that of the legendary Olomu-Aperan in the 14th century.

Dr Samuel Atolagbe, the Chairman of the occasion, described the book launch as very timely, beneficial and a welcome development.

He urged the people of the community to continue to live in peace and harmony, saying that the book was intended to right the wrongs by putting history in correct perspectives.

Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, in a goodwill message, urged his subjects to imbibe unity, peace, tolerance and togetherness in moving the community forward.

Adeoti, represented by Chief Raheem Ajide, the Odofin-Omu, said it was in an atmosphere of unity that the desired socio-economic transformation could be achieved.