Kingdom counters Deji of Akure, says markets, shops will open in Isinkan
By Friday Omosola, Akure
Iralepo of Isinkan Kingdom in Akure South Local Government Area, Oba Oluwagbemiga Ajimokunola Olofin-Adimula, Arulewolasi III, has disclosed that shops and markets in every part of the Isikan domain shall remain open during the Aheregbe period. Oba Oluwagbemiga, who was reacting to a statement issued by the Deji’s Palace that market and shops should be closed in observance of the annual Aheregbe Festival, said such directive does not affect traders in Isinkan Kingdom.
The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, had earlier ordered markets and shops in Akure to be closed in commemoration of the annual Aheregbe festival. Deji in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary(CPS), Mr Adeyeye Michael said markets in Akure would close on Monday, August 22, 2022.
The Iralepo of Isinkan Kingdom in a statement he personally signed, said it is a taboo to bring such festival to Isinkan, saying forcing such on the community would have grave consequences. He said Akure and Isinkan share what some may consider blurred boundaries but the indigenes of the two communities know their domains and their boundaries are not blurred.
“For the purpose of emphasis, I will like to say that Isinkan shares boundary with Akure at Imogun, just before Saint Thomas’ Anglican Church, Isinkan, and Ondo at Owena River. In all these areas markets and shops are not closed for Aheregbe festival.
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“It is a taboo and has consequence on Isinkan Community as well as the priest of the festival. So, for peace to reign, Akure people should not bring the festival to my community and neither can they enforce market and shop closure here. This statement is necessary in order to remove any iota of doubt.”
Oba Olofin-Adimula said security agencies have been informed about the development and enjoined all market women and traders in Isinkan land to go about their lawful businesses. He equally enjoined the youths of the community to remain calm. He further congratulated the Deji of Akure Kingdom and wished him success in the activities lined up for the 2022 edition of the festival.
Similarly, the Elemo of Isinkan, High Chief Olasehinde Abidakun, stated that Isinkan Community had never been part of Aheregbe festival celebration of the people of Akure or any other such celebrations. High Chief Olasehinde said all Akure festivals stop at Imogun, stating that further exporting of Akure festivals into Isikan land would amount to courting trouble. He affirmed the support of all the chiefs and people of Isikan for Oba Arulewolasi.
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