- The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged the people of Osun to do away with the practice of name-calling
- Oba Akanbi said the people usually use a derogatory name, “ajele” (outsider), to describe indigenes of the state that return home to take up leadership positions
- The monarch also described the name-calling practice as uncivilised
Ahead of the Osun state gubernatorial elections, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged the people to do away with the practice of attacking indigenes that succeed abroad and return home to serve their people, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the monarch in a statement on Monday, September 10, said the people of Osun usually use a derogatory name, “ajele” (outsider), to describe indigenes of the state that succeed outside and return home to take up leadership positions.
Oba Akanbi, who described the name-calling practice as uncivilised, said rather than being disparaged, such successful indigenes should be celebrated
He said the state needed their exposure and rich experience to develop its towns and the state in general.
The traditional ruler was quoted to have said this after benefitting from the services of a group of medical doctors engaged by a governorship aspirant in the state, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to offer free check-up and treatment to people in 10 towns of Osun state.
According to the statement, over 2,000 people in Osun state had benefited from the medical mission put together by Oyetola, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun state.
The monarch said: “What I heard is that some people are calling some people ‘ajele’. They said Oluwo is also an ajele. What is ajele? Ajele is somebody that brings civilisation to your domain. Nothing is happening here. There are no medical facilities, but you can see the free medical services being offered here today."
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Osun state governorship candidate on the platform of Social Democratic Party, called on the INEC to go ahead with its plan to stop voters from going to polling booths with their phones and cameras.
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Omisore on Thursday, September 6, said the preventing cameras at the polling units would make the forthcoming governorship election in the state free and fair. The senator made this known in Osogbo at the mega rally ahead of the election.
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