Monday, 17 April 2017

Monarch raises alarm over alleged threat in Ondo Community


The Ogeloyinbo and Spiritual head of Holy Apostolic Church Ayetoro Community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Micah Olaseni Ajijo, has raised the alarm over the growing cases of religious extremism in the community.
Ayetoro in Ilaje Local Government is the only community in Ondo state with a theocratic form of government.
The community with a single church “Holy Apostolic” is also under the sole authority of the monarch, Ogeloyinbo who was installed on the 17th of August 2015.

Oba Ajijo, spoke with reporters, following an unending religious crisis that has rocked the 70- year old costal community since he came into the throne.
He alleged that one prophet Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi has been fanning ember of discord through different strange doctrines brought to the community.
The monarch accused Ojagbohunmi of leading some youngsters on a pretence of “prayer warriors” to destroy private and public properties in the community.
Oba Ajijo expressed surprise on why Ojagbohunmi would also declared himself as ‘Baba Alakoso and General Overseer’ of the Holy Apostles Church.
He disclosed that the position was alien to the customa, traditions and religion of the community since its inception in April 14, 1943.
The Monarch, however, said since Prophet Ojagbohunmi is also one of his subjects; he is ready to accommodate him with his followers despite their atrocities.

He urged the government to be decisive in curtailing the violent disposition of Ojagbohunmi and his prayer warrior group who operate under the guise of preaching religion.
A group “Peace of Jerusalem’ berated Ojagbohunmi for running a parallel government and introducing ‘strange doctrines and traditions under the guise of religion.

Speaking through the former Chairman of Ilaje Council Area,Tola Alabere said there was no longer peace among the people since the prophet stepped into the community. Alabere said efforts by the community leaders, local government and the immediate past state government to ensure peace reign was dashed by fanatic attitude of the prophet.
He said efforts by the Olugbo in Council under the leadership of Oba Frederick Obateru Akinruntan(Obat) and the Police to ensure peace had been futile leading to the closure of the Holy Apostolic Church.

The ex-council boss showed support for the church’s closure, despite been the only place of worship in the local to forestall break down of law and order.
He reiterated that the installation of Ambassador Olaseni Ajijo as the 6th Ogeloyinbo followed established processes including consultations and ratification by the Ogeloyinbo-in-Council including spiritual revelations.
He, however, promised to peacefully resist any attempt by Ojagbohunmi to usurp Ogeloyinbo’s throne through religious fanaticism.
Ojagbohunmi did not pick his calls or return the text message sent to his two mobile numbers.

The Spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command,Femi Joseph said the police has waded into the matter to ensure peaceful resolution soon.

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