Bloody Commotion In Ekiti, As Protesting Indegenes, Traditional Religious Worshipers, Stop Fayose From Killing Popular Monarch

By Post-Nigeria June 8, 2017 09:13

Bloody Commotion In Ekiti, As Protesting Indegenes, Traditional Religious Worshipers, Stop Fayose From Killing Popular Monarch

There was tension in Ikere-Ekiti, headquarters of Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Wednesday, as the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, allegedly paid N1 million to uproot a sacred tree, to pave way for the dualisation of a road project in the State.

The protesting indigenes, claimed that the historical site where the tree is located, known locally as ‘Ereja’, was the source of Ikere Ekiti, and uprooting the tree would result in the instant death of the Ekiti Monarch.

An attempt by the Contractor handling the project to uproot the tree was disrupted by the youth and traditional religious worshipers, who invaded the scene.

Addressing Reporters at his Palace, Obasoyin, who is the custodian of traditional sites in the town, said cutting down the sacred tree and demolishing the Ereja, was akin to passing a death sentence on him.

“It is when a King dies that the branches of the tree are cut off, and I went to meet the Governor that he should not pass a death sentence on me”, he said.

“The only way forward is that government should see reason with the people of Ikere, and respect the people’s cultural heritage.”

Reacting, Lere Olayinka, the Media Aide to Governor Fayose, in an exclusive message to Post-Nigeria, sent a document outlining the breakdown of the N1 million that was released by Fayose, for uprooting of the tree, that can lead to the death of the Ekiti Monarch. See below:

1. Cost of Removing and Installing Olukere Seat and Ejigbaosi Tomb – N750,000

2. Cost of Removing and Installing Esi Aboba – N600,000

3. General Etutu – N100,000

4. Remuneration for the Awos and other spiritual workers – N100,000

                                                                                            TOTAL – N1,550,000

On 10/1/17, Gov Fayose APPROVED N1 million, and the money was collected at the Government House and Protocol on 11/1/17.

 

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