The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, may have reconciled as Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, yesterday, met with the two top Yoruba kings. Recall the two monarchs have been at loggerheads since Alake listed 5 top traditional rulers which put Awujale as the 5th. Alake placed Ooni of Ife as number one, followed by Alaafin of Oyo, Oba of Benin, himself as number four and Awujale last. He had based his grading on the classification provided by the colonial masters based on their remuneration. Awujale however responded at an event in Lagos where he described Alake as a junior traditional ruler in Yorubaland.
The governor and the two kings met at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan at 3:45 pm yesterday, and the closed-door meeting lasted for three hours. Fielding questions from newsmen after the meeting, the governor said, “I don’t want you to go and write anything out of context. Yes, we are here, our fathers are here to see me. Of course, we deliberated on so many things. I’m sure you want to say what is happening. Indeed nothing is happening. They came here to see the possibility of how to make sure we have peace in the state, among so many other things that we discussed. Don’t just sit somewhere and write. But for this matter, there is nothing like ranking of Obas. We know ourselves.”