Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, the Ataoja of Osogbo land, has dismissed the claims that he harbors expansionist impulses.
This was stated in a statement that was made available to 460PLAY on Saturday in Osogbo by the Osogbo indigenes under the auspices of the Osogbo Action Council, OAC.
Oba AbdulRasheed Ayorinde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, has previously claimed that the Ataoja intended to extend their territory into Iragbiji territory.
The real border between the two towns, according to Oba Olabomi, who stated that they had been defined since 1905, is the River Omu.
The Iragbiji king had pleaded with President Bola Tinubu, Governor Ademola Adeleke, and the security services to step in and stop a potential sectarian war that would be detrimental to Osun State.
Osogbo and its people are well-known for their peace and neighborliness, according to the press statement issued by Ajadi Badmus, the OAC Chairman and Asiwaju of Osogboland.
Osogbo people, according to Badmus, are not considered to be greedy and would never lay claim to someone else’s property.
Our people are known for their hospitality and ability to live in harmony with others. This is something that has always made our town special, and it continues to bring individuals of all backgrounds here because of how welcoming and cosmopolitan it is.
Osogbo has a perfect record of peaceful coexistence with its neighbors. And we won’t do that either. The Osogbo people are not known to be greedy, and they would never claim what does not belong to them, at the Ipole-Omu and other places mentioned by the Aragbiji.
The OAC was likewise certain that the Osogbo king, as the embodiment of the people’s values and the keeper of their heritage, would refrain from making baseless assertions.
Additionally, the statement urged the residents of Iragbiji and Osogbo to remain calm as efforts were made to resolve the conflicts.
The indigenous people of these two communities are like a big happy family; they shouldn’t let anything ordinary define them.
Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Larooye II, our royal father, has always sought love, peace, and harmony for all people, and he is the foremost ambassador for Osogbo children both at home and abroad.
According to the statement, “the crisis does no good to anyone,” so the group will keep working toward a peaceful and loving future.