The Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, has accused the Igbo in Akure of insubordination. He accused them of violating the tradition of the ancient capital of Ondo State. The 48th Akure monarch alleged that the Igbo have no respect for him or the town’s culture.
According to Oba Aladetoyinbo, Igbo traders often violated the town’s culture and tradition. He said efforts to caution them had failed.
The Deji, who spoke through the Asamo of Akure land, Rotimi Olusanya, alleged that the Eze Ndigbo, Sir Gregory Ilehohika, recently embarrassed him and some of his chiefs in his palace.
The Igbo last week alerted to alleged plot by the Deji-in-council to dethrone the Eze Ndigbo.
They protested against the planned closure of their businesses and markets in Akure.
However, Oba Aladetoyinbo alleged that the Igbo trading at Mojere market recently contravened the rules guiding the market, which he said led to the invitation of some Igbo leaders, including the Eze Ndigbo, to the palace.
The monarch noted that the Eze Ndigbo refused to carry out his order to eject illegal traders from Mojere market.
He stressed that Akure is reputed to be peaceful, loving, accommodating and law abiding.
Oba Aladetoyinbo said: “We shall continue to allow integration of all Nigerians, but we will not allow anyone to degrade or trample upon our tradition and institution.”
But the President, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Ondo State, Okechukwu Okorie, earlier said the Igbo are law abiding and peaceful, adding that they respect their traditions and those of other ethnic groups.
He said the Igbo leaders who went to the Deji’s palace to honour his invitation were beaten up by some irate youths at the palace.
Okorie said the Deji was being misinformed by some individuals on the activities of the Igbo in Akure.