Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, has accused Dhikrulahi Akinropo, the Agbowu of Ogbagbaa, and other monarchs under his purview of selling lands to people from Niger Republic.
He said this in an interview with BBC Yoruba on Wednesday. He complained that the lands were sold out at a giveaway price of N60,000 per hectare. The Oluwo, who was accused of assaulting Akinropo in a peace meeting, said many of the lands contained mineral resources, lamenting that the monarchs were selling off the kingdom’s heritage.
“Our lands harbour mineral resources. Imagine our forefathers had sold off our lands that had crude oil to the whites.
“They even brought people from Niger Republic and sold lands to them for cheap. The proceeds of the lands they have sold, have they used to renovate their palaces and their communities? Some palaces have been taken over by goats urinating all over the place. They don’t provide employment for the youths, they don’t help anybody financially.
“They’ve sold all their lands and are now selling lands of other communities.
“Imagine some upgraded ‘baale’ sells the land your forefathers have been saving for centuries. But why should a monarch use his powers to oppress his subjects, kill them and sell off their lands?”
He added that they had not used the proceeds for the benefit of the people or even their own palaces. He complained that the monarchs, who he said were only upgraded from community leaders recently, were misusing their powers.
Akanbi, speaking about his alleged assault on Akinropo, said the allegation is nothing but a gang up by the monarchs against him.
He confirmed that was an altercation between them but he insisted that they never went physical. He said Akinropo had pointed his staff at him which he found as disrespectful, adding that his bid to push the staff away could have injured the Agbowu.
“I did not punch Agbowu of Ogbaagba, although there was altercation that almost resulted to exchange of blows, but that didn’t happen at all.
“I brought him and other Obas to the police to talk to them on the need to stop selling land that did not belong to them.
“I am fighting corruption in a traditional way. They are selling a hectares of land at the rate of N60,000, which I’m kicking against.
“I did not touch Agbowu of Ogbaagba, although he was aggressive and we almost had altercation but I did not punch him,” he insisted.
Akanbi said he is a peace-loving king and is not a ‘boxing king’ as portrayed by his detractors.