We Are In Bondage Under Ilorin Emirate – Moro LG Obas, People

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By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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The people of Moro Local government Area of Kwara Stste have cried out that their forceful existence in the Ilorin Emirate is worse than that of a rape victim.
The people, who unanimously made the call at an annual lecture organised by the Millennium Initiatives on Societal Values (MISSAVS) said as a people, they are migrants from Oyo and Ile Ife and had been in existence for decades before the arrival of Ilorin people.

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At the lecture tagged 2nd Saka Adeyemi Annual Memorial Lecture (Moro Leadership and Freedom Forum) with the theme ‘Rape and Nationhood: Salvaging The Fate of Moro and Other Rape Victims,’ they complained particularly, about the non-grading of their traditional rulers at the instance of the Emir of Ilorin.
According to them, the Ohoro of Shao, for instance, had earlier been graded by the colonial masters in 1919 along some other monarchs at the time, including the stool of the Emir of Ilorin only to be scrapped by the Northern Regional Government later.

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Besides, they said both governments of Late Alhaji Adamu Attah of the 2nd Republic and Mohammed Lawal of the 4th Republic graded the Ohoro of Shao and Oba of Jebba but according to them, former Governor Bukola Saraki who is an Ilorin man came and removed their grading to please the Emir of Ilorin.
Not only that they faulted an arrangement whereby they were politically grouped with Kwara North Senatorial District but also at the instance of Ilorin forced to be in Ilorin Emirate which is Kwara Central Senatorial District to make the Emir have rights to 5% of Moro Local Government monthly allocation.

The 5% allocation that is supposedly meant to run a Traditional Council was being enjoyed by the Emir of Ilorin without allowing any traditional ruler in Moro Council to benefit from it since the government of the late General Sanni Abacha introduced the gesture.
According to them, the double standard had by so doing denied over 136 Baales in the Oloru, Ipaiye, Malete, Eji Dongari and Lanwa Districts that traditionally and historically made up the Council Area of their entitlement.
Strengthening their position, the guest speaker, Elder Toyin Alabi, disclosed that at the beginning, children from the area now known as Moro were denied the opportunities to sit for common entrance examinations to enable them get admissions into secondary schools after their primary education.

Similarly, Dr. Reuben Kehinde Akano said the time has come to correct the wrongs that had for long been done to the people by the arrangement called Ilorin Emirate, pointing out that their ancestors fought for this within their limits but that the present generation should now take the gauntlet.
Also speaking, Alhaji (Chief) M.B. Baako, the Ashiwaju of Afon, a Yoruba descent from Oyo, disclosed how hard resistant Ilorin was to the creation of Moro and Asa Local Governments in 1976 save for the then military government which insisted that the exercise would be done based on historical facts.
The Oshogun of Ile Ife who represented the Ooni of Ife at the occasion said he had taken cognisance of the plight Oduduwa descendants in the Local Government and promised to relay the message when he gets back home.
He enjoined the people to pursuing their agitations peacefully and legitimately but should along with their beliefs in modern religions, employ traditional the faith of Yoruba ancestry to address the situation.

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