Monarch banishes idols from palace, adopts Emir’s regalia

A prominent and First Class Yoruba traditional ruler in Osun State, The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has banished idols from his palace even as he adopts full Emir regalia and jettisoned his regular Yoruba dress.

The monarch banished some popular idols that have been in the palace for ages.

Oba Akanbi relocated the palace popular idol to another shrine in the town and resettled it there.

In a chat with journalists, the traditional ruler said Iwo is the home of Islamic scholars and that he could be regarded as an Emir.

He said his decision to adopt Emir regalia was to show the whole world that Iwo has for ages being an Islamic town and that the turban remains part of his paraphernalia of office.

“When I was made the Oluwo of Iwo, I was turbaned. It is because Iwo is an Islamic ancient town. Iwo was known as ‘Geri Malami’, meaning “the home of the scholars”. So, this regalia is appropriate for me as the Oluwo.

On the reason he banished the idols and relocated the palace popular idol, Oluwo said the palace was meant for the monarch alone and that the idol cannot be sharing the palace with him.

“As the monarch, I’m superior to the idols and it cannot be competing with me in the palace. I have taken that idol in my palace to where it belongs.

“Those who may want to worship the idols can meet them there, not in my palace. As you can see, there is a mosque in the palace and we can worship the God Almighty there.”

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Meanwhile, Oluwo’s action has attracted a lot of applaud from many Iwo indigenes from home and abroad, and have therefore pledged their support for the monarch.

Iwo is predominantly a Muslim town in Southwest Nigeria.

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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