Nigeria: Federal Government May Go Tough with Warring Ife/Modakeke Leaders

Lagos — The Federal Government may soon take drastic actions against the leaders of the warring Ife/Modakeke communities of Osun State, if the wanton destruction of lives and property in the area is not halted.

A clue to this emerged Wednesday night at the Presidential Villa when President Olusegun Obasanjo met with the leaders of the warring communities. The meeting which commenced at about 10p.m. did not end until about 3a.m Thursday. It was, however, conducted in Yoruba language.

According to sources at the meeting, the president warned that the government would no longer tolerate the wanton destruction of lives and property in the area. He was also said to have turned down their request for the creation of a local government council in the area.

The president was said to have told the Baale of Modakeke to desist from appointing second class chiefs in the area, pending the time an appropriate arrangement was put in place on the recognition of traditional chieftaincy title in the zone.

On the other hand, the Oni of Ife, has been told to put in motion immediately, a process for giving recognition to the Ogunsua of Modakeke.

However, the leaders were said to have at the meeting agreed with the government on a proposal to set up a Mobile Police Training College at a buffer zone between the two communities. This, according to sources, is aimed at preventing either side from claiming ownership of the zone.

The marathon meeting was said to have been summoned on the recommendations of the Commodore Olabode George Committee set up early this year by the president on the way out of the perennial crisis.

Commodore George was said to have confirmed the resolution of the crisis to the president, adding that the meetings called by the committee were able to calm frayed nerves in the area.

The meeting was attended by several leaders of the area, including the Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

ChatClick here to chat!+