Nigeria: Ife and Modakeke leaders adopt peace

By Rotimi Ajayi, 23 June 2000

Abuja — LEADERS and traditional rulers of the warring communities of Ife and Modekeke have resolved to allow peace reign in the area at last.

Representatives of the communities led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade and the Ogunsua of Modakeke Chief Francis Orafidiya agreed to peace at a meeting with President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abuja Wednesday night.

According to sources at the meeting, the leaders were told that the federal government could no longer tolerate destruction of lives and property in the area.

President Obasanjo reportedly told the traditional rulers that their request for the creation of another local government in the area could not be met now because of the cumbersome process involved in creating new councils.

President Obasanjo was said to have told the Ogunsua that he should desist from any further appointment of quarter chiefs in his area pending modalities from the recognition of chieftaincy titles in the area.

The Ooni was advised that in order to have lasting peace in the area, he should commence immediate process of giving recognition to the Ogunsua of Modakeke.

Other resolution at the meeting, which lasted over six hours, was that a mobile police training college be established at a buffer zone between the two warring communities.

According to the sources, the establishment of the training college would prevent either side claiming ownership of the zone.

It was learnt that the meeting was summoned following the recommendation of a committee set up earlier in the year by President Obasanjo.

The committee was headed by the National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, Commodore Olabode George (rtd).

Confirming the resolution of the two leaders of the communities at the meeting Commodore George stated that the meeting was able to calm frayed nerves in the area and the recommendations were adopted.”

Those who attended the meeting with President Obasanjo included the Ooni of Ife, the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Governor Bisi Akande of Osun State, and Commodore Olabode George (rtd).

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