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Ogbomoso central mosque property of Soun, Osun chiefs warn cleric.

23rd May 2024

Oba Ghandi Olaoye

Five Compound Heads popularly known as Mogajis of Soun of Ogbomoso ruling houses, on Thursday, urged the Chief Imam of Ogbomosoland, Teliat Ayilara to stop alleged incessant attacks on the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Ghandi Olaoye.

The Mogajis, who addressed journalists in Ogbomoso, further urged him to desist from such act, saying by abusing the monarch he was desecrating the exalted throne of Soun and by extension people of Ogbomoso.

The Mogajis are Lamidi Itabiyi, Mogaji Aburumaku ruling house; Sikiru Oyelami, Mogaji Gbagun ruling house; Olawole Olaoye, Mogaji Laoye ruling house; Oyebamiji Oyedeji, representative of Bolanta ruling house and Ilufoye Olayode, Mogaji Odunaro ruling house.

Reports states that Ayilara family had alleged that the Chief Imam is not a Bonafide member of the family.

This, however, prompted the monarch to set up panels to look into the allegation, and the recommendation was that he should step aside while he sorted out the matter with the family.

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 creating 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.”

He added, “For him to have taken Soun to Court is sacrilegious! How can you sue someone who installed you? Soun 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 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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