A prominent king in Oyo State, Aresa Adu of Iresa Adu, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abraham Olafimihan Adeyeye Oyerinde has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to prevail on the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs to release his salary and entitlement as a first class monarch.

The king said since his appointment on May 24, 2019 and instruments of office given to him, the Ministry of Local Government has refused to recognize him and pay all his entitlements.

When speaking with newsmen at the NUJ Oyo State Council, Iyaganku Ibadan, Oba Oyerinde who was represented by Mr Stephen Tajudeen Adekunle Raji, Esq wondered why the local government refused to respect the state government which has approved his appointment as the Aresa Adu in Surulere Local Government area of the state.

He said, “It has come to light that a senior government official’s surreptitious roles have unduly interfered with the necessary recognition being accorded the Oba and payment of his entitlements.”

“Initially, it was thought that the crisis brewed because of the transition of government from one party to another, but the governor has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that partisanship doesn’t influence his decisions on matters of public interest.”

“In several letters including the ones dated May 4, 2020 and May 17, 2021, Oba Olafimihan raised serious concerns about the unjust withholding of recognition and payment of his entitlements despite multiple court judgments delivered in his favour.”

“Many of these letters were not allowed to get to the table of the governor and the only one that got his attention was promptly treated with a clear directive that the issue be promptly investigated. This directive has not been carried out till date.”

May 19, 2024

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