It was gathered that the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr.) Michael Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, Okukenu IV, has revealed that he prevented his subjects from placing a curse on the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
He said the embittered sons and daughters of Egbaland were ready to curse Daniel during his faceoff with the governor in 2009 but he restrained them.
Alake disclosed that Egba sons were asked to assemble at Lisabi Forest to invoke the spirit of Lisabi, the great fighter and one of the forefathers of Egbas, who they do call upon to intervene during tribulations.
The monarch revealed that if not for his quick intervention, the matter would have degenerated into a very serious spiritual crisis for the former governor.
The Alake said, as a traditional ruler, what he did then was not bad but Daniel overreacted and blew the matter out of proportion, thinking he can use his political powers to undermine the traditional institution.
Daniel, who was the governor of Ogun State between 2003 and 2011 was a very close ally of the monarch until during the rainy season of 2009 when the Alake called his attention to the bad roads within Abeokuta metropolis.
The matter got out of hand and the governor planned to remove the monarch from the throne and banish him from the town.
In an interview with a local newspaper, Egba News, Alake narrated all what transpired between him and Daniel.
According to the monarch, “I felt that the purpose of an Oba is the human and material development of the people. I pointed governor Daniel’s attention to the condition of the bad roads in the town privately, and when nothing was done, I told him publicly.
“I don’t see that as too much. It should not be something that should be beyond an Oba, so, I felt the governor overreacted over the matter then.”
On the steps taken by his subjects during the crisis, Alake revealed that they had a lot of plans then which, if allowed to be implemented, may have led to crisis.
“It was the grace of God that saved the situation. Sons and daughters of Egbaland overreacted then. I was the one that persuaded them not to turn the whole thing into a war.
“There was an announcement on one of the radio stations that all Egba sons should report at Lisabi Forest. I had to stop that announcement.
“There were so many steps that were taken by then and I had to stop them. Two wrongs don’t make a right,” he said.