I never banned Isese in Iwo – Oluwo

Oluwo Oba Abdurosheed Akanbi

Oluwo of Iwoland Oba Abdulrasheed Akabi has debunked claims that he banned Isese celebration in his kingdom.

The monarch said on Sunday that he only cautioned against the restriction of movement on people by the traditionalists, adding that “such will not be entertained in my domain.”

He said, “My point is, any deity restricting human movement is anti-progress. It should be done in the bush where no one leaves.

“Oro worshippers in Iwo should change their mode of engagement to exclude restriction of people’s movement. Such will not be entertained in my domain.

“It is banned in Iwoland and that’s it all. Other Oro done in moderation and not placing restrictions on human freedom is permitted. Individuals are free to engage in their family deity as much as people’s freedom is not hindered.”

Oba Akanbi has severally called on traditionalists to forsake their deities and serve God.

The king cautioned, “I didn’t ban Isese. I’m an ancient traditional ruler, custodian of Yoruba culture, customs and traditions. I’m a father to all including the traditionalists.”

He noted that even though he wasn’t in town, he financed the Egungun celebration in the town.


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“I would have joined the annual Egungun celebration but was out of town for an important assignment. I mobilised financially for the Egungun celebrants before I left home,” the Oluwo said.

To further justify his position, the paramount ruler of Iwoland questioned the effects of movement restrictions in the name of celebrations when there are cases of emergency.

“If I may ask, what will be the fate of an emergency patient being rushed to hospital? Of what justification is movement restriction to a student going to an examination hall at a particular time?

“Of what moral excuse is a restriction of movement in the name of Oro to an accident victim in urgent need of emergency medical attention?”

“You can do yours without disturbing others. No curfew should be imposed in an environment where people stay,” he said.