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Monarchs suspended; group criticizes Adeleke for dragging his feet on releasing the implementation committee’s findings

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Ademola Adeleke, governor of Osun State, has come under fire for the state’s delay in releasing a report from a review committee on the 2022 suspension of a handful of monarchs.

This was noted in a statement released by the Centre for Responsive Governance (CRG) on Sunday in Osogbo, a copy of which was obtained by BANKPAWA

Ayo Ologun, coordinator of the Civil Rights Group, says the governor’s Executive Order shows his government is driven by emotion rather than facts.

It would not have taken the governor nearly a year to permanently resolve the difficulties in the interest of the communities concerned if the Executive Order had been delivered on informed opinion and legality.

Adeleke has issued an Executive Order suspending more than 20 monarchs, including the Aree of Iree, Owa of Igbajo, Akirun of Igbajo, and Olupo of Oluponna, at his inauguration on November 27, 2022.

In addition, Adeleke established a committee to examine the procedure behind their appointments; the results of this study would be published in a White Paper.

The report from the review committee was given to the state administration in March of 2023, but nothing was done with it.

The governor had previously stated that the findings of the review committee would be made public in October as part of his Ipade Imole public feedback campaign.

On Thursday, however, during a public forum, the governor announced that the report of the committee has been completed and will shortly be gazetted and made public.

According to Ologun, the delay was preventing justice for the afflicted kings and queens.

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He added that the delay was not in the best interest of the local villages and towns.

“At the first Ipade Imole, the governor confirmed that the white paper was available, but he was unable to provide a clear timeframe for the matter to be handled.

Then why is there a holdup?” Justice postponed is often justice denied, and this is clearly not in the best interests of city dwellers. They are being treated unfairly by the governor.

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