Religious Leaders Wade Into Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration Review Crisis, Declare 3-Day Fasting, Prayers


Religious leaders drawn from the Islamic, Christian and Traditional faiths have also joined the league of people meditating to find lasting solution to the crisis arising from review of Olubadan Chieftaintancy Declaration by Oyo State government.


The religious leaders also declared a three-day fasting and prayers among their followers for quick resolve of the lingering crisis.  


The leaders of the three religions shortly after a meeting with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja’s palace at the week-end noted that they intend to break the truce between the monarch and the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi due to imminent crisis that may occur if the feud between the duo is not put to an . 


Those present at the meeting held behind close doors for over two hours were representatives of Christian body led by Pastor Samuel Abiara of Christ Apostolic Church and Pastor Sunday Popoola of World Communications Ministry (WOCOM) and Islamic religion led by the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen Society of Nigeria Oyo State branch, Dr. Basiru Olanrewaju and Alhaji Daud Amao Alaga.


Others were members of Traditional Religion Worshippers’ Association in Oyo State led by Chief Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode and Surveyor Dasola Adefabi.


The leaders of the three faiths noted that they were in the palace to see the monarch, talk to him and to let the sleeping dog lie as they said that the meeting will not be only with the monarch but with the state governor any moment from now. 


The delegation then promised to meet the state governor after the three days fasting and prayers and to also discuss on how to resolve the matter as soon as possible. 


Speaking with journalists on behalf of the delegation shortly after the meeting, Pastor Sunday Popoola of World Communications Ministry (WOCOM), informed that the delegation has urged members of their faiths and other residents of the state and in Ibadan in particular to fast and pray for three days starting on Monday (tomorrow). 


Popoola noted that the fasting and prayers declared by the delegation on behalf of members of the three faiths was to ensure that the crisis is resolved to avoid any impending crisis that may occur if not urgently resolved. 


He noted that the fasting and prayers would start on Monday and end on Wednesday. 


Popoola said “We have observed that there have been some misunderstanding over the issue of the newly appointed Obas in Ibadan. 


“We know it could degenerate into crisis as religious leaders, Muslims, Christians and traditionalists, we have come to meet the Kabiyesi to just, we just appeal for peace. We also planned to see the governor.  


“But what we have concluded today is to go and have three days more of fasting and prayers. 


“Muslims should fast and pray Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Christians should fast and pray in all churches in Oyo State, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and after that, we will meet the governor. 


“We believed we are the people that can resolve this matter, and by the grace of God we believed God will through us. 


When asked if there are indications that the monarch may agree to allow the sleeping dog lie, Popoola said that he can not say anything concerning the mood of the monarch as said that all relevant information would be make public after they conclude their assignment. 


According to him, “I am not going to speak on that now until we are able to meet the governor and done our prayers.”  


Popoola however said that the meeting was meant to include only religious leaders noting that they decided not to include groups such as Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and Mogajis (Family Heads) so as not to politicise the matter again. 


“Yes because, we don’t want to bring in politics into this, religious leaders only, we are neutral, we are not for governor, we are not for the Kabiyesi, we are for the people of Oyo State. And we want peace. That is all. So we don’t want to bring in any one of them”.