As the people of Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, through various platforms, intensified the pace of their agitation for liberation, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and other freedom fighters in the country have lent their voices to the restoration of the status and upgrading of the stools of the monarchs in the local government area.
The Yoruba eminent monarch made the passionate call during the second Saka Adeyemi Annual Memorial Lecture held at Nigeria Evangelical Fellowship Headquarters, Shao, according to a press statement by the Public Relations Officer, Moro Redemption Movement, Dr. Sangodare Ayinla.
Ooni, represented by the Oosogun of Ile-Ife, Oba Olafiranye Oladapo, expressed displeasure of the Yoruba nation with the plights, injustice and sheer marginalisation of the people of Moro.
He noted that the Yoruba nation will be happy if Governor AbdulRazaq do justice to the matters by ending the subjugation of the people.
In his opening remarks, the Project Coordinator, Millennium Initiatives for Societal Values, Dr. Kehinde Akano, also bemoaned the series of degrading of the status of the Ohoro of Shao and Oba of Jebba by past successive administrations in the State, and called for fairness on the matter.
Akano cautioned the people of Moro against lethargy in the face of exploitation and tyranny with which the Ilorin emirate system is fraught.
Speaking on the theme of the event, “Rape and Nationhood: Salvaging the Fate of Moro and Other Rape Victims”, the Guest Speaker, Elder Samuel Toyin Alabi, explained that the present emirate system continues to severely under-develop Moro area, and called for a change.
Alabi said the rape escapades of the Ilorin emirate of Moro severely underdevelop the area, urging the rape victims to pragmatically take in their hands their destiny.
Other dignitaries in attendance included the Ohoro of Shao, Oba (Dr.) Bamidele Alabi Adegbite (Oyerinde 111), the Oba of Jebba, Oba AbdulKadir Alabi Adebara, the Asiwaju of Afon, Chief M.B. Baako, Prince Lanrewaju Afolabi, Gbobaniyi of Jebba, Chief Jaiye Omotosho, among others.
A day earlier, the representative of Ooni had paid a visit to the palace of Ohoro of Shao, where traditionalists and hunters entertained him.
It was a galaxy of traditional rulers and youths as Baales and Mogajis of Moro extraction gathered to celebrate the victory of 1976 and reflect on the deprivation and oppression that the people of Moro are allegedly suffering under Ilorin Emirate System.
They appealed to the Kwara State Government under AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to stop the alleged “fraudulent diversion of the monthly 5% from Moro Local Government Allocations by the Emir of Ilorin, which they said should rather “come to the the traditional rulers of Moro.
“It is a modern day robbery by Ilorin Emirate kingpins in the name of Ilorin feudalist system presided over by the Emir of Ilorin.”