Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Akanbi

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has dismissed his suspension by the Osun State Traditional Council, saying it is ‘audio’ a street slang for ‘fake’.

Oluwo, who has been in the news over alleged assault on another traditional ruler at a meeting in Osogbo, Osun State capital last weekend, was suspended as a member of Osun traditional Council on Friday.

The Traditional Council, however, said Oluwo was suspended because of his disrespect to other monarchs of higher status in the past, including the Ooni of Ife who presided over the meeting in which he was suspended on Friday.

According to the embattled monarch, the suspension is political adding that the point given by the council was porous, lacking logic and do not portray the revered traditional council in good light as they refused to address the allegation that he punched a monarch.

He also faulted the participation of Ooni in the meeting in which he was suspended.

Reacting through a statement issued by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed.

Oluwo said his “purported suspension” for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution and should not stand.

He said he was disappointment that the traditional council could be turned to an avenue of playing politics.

He stated the highest level of injustice is for the council to say “I was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended.”

“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that Osun State’s traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting. If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council”

“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials present came to the meeting as witnesses and gave an account that I didn’t beat any Oba.”