Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has warned that conspiracy attacks against monarchs or the traditional institutions in Yorubaland are not acceptable, describing such act as taboo.
Ogunwusi said this at the coronation of the Onimesi of Imesi Ekiti, Oba Olatunji Olatunde, in Imesi Ekiti situated in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Saturday.
The first-class monarch, who was represented at the event by the Agbolu of Ife, Oba Adekunle Adebowale, advised communities to instead support their traditional leaders to foster development and peace.
“The traditional institution is sacred and should not suffer any form of attack or conspiracy from any quarters, either from within or outside.
“I want to enjoin the people of Imesi to rally round their monarch and give him the necessary support. It is a taboo in Yorubaland for anyone to conspire against an Oba.
“I am pleased with what I have seen here today in terms of the display of Yoruba’s cultural and traditional values. All that you have showcased here today are a replica of what we do in Ile Ife, which is the cradle of the Yoruba. This shows that Onimesi is a true descendant of Oduduwa,” the Ooni said.
Oba Olatunde, who thanked the community for the confidence reposed in him to rule them, lauded those who contested the stool with him, stressing that the contest and the post-installation reactions were done in a decent manner.
The newly-installed king said he has identified the various historic sites in the community which he hoped to convert to tourist attractions.
“They will transform Imesi and boost its economy and as well as that of the state,” he said.
Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, urged Oba Olatunde to always carry his people along when making decisions about their welfare.
The governor, who was represented by the Director-General, Office of Transformation, Prof Bolaji Aluko, expressed hope that the monarch would use his experience and exposure as an entrepreneur to take Imesi to greater heights.