Killings of Yoruba monarchs: We must invoke unseen security against bandits in South-West – Elebuibon

Killings of Yoruba monarchs: We must invoke unseen security against bandits in South-West - Elebuibon

Popular Yoruba Ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon

A popular Yoruba Ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, has called on the political and security stakeholders in the South-West to invoke spiritual protection against bandits and other criminal elements desecrating the region’s traditional institution.

In a recent summit convened by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, which about 200 traditional rulers gathered, Elebuibon said there is a need for the Yorubaland to get rid of bandits hiding in the forests.

Recall that bandits abducted and killed two Ekiti monarchs – Onimojo of Imojo Ekiti in Oye local government area, Oba Olatunde Olusola and Elesun of Esun Ekiti in Ajoni, Ikole local government area, Oba David Ogunsakin, in January.

In the same manner, the gunmen invaded Koro town in Ekiti local government area of Kwara state, killing the traditional ruler, Oba Segun Aremu-Cole in his palace.

Speaking about the incidents in which the monarchs were murdered in cold blood, Elebuibon stated in the olden days, Yoruba kings were secured by traditional means and no bandits dared to confront them.

He said the fact that the Federal Government is working on the State Police, is enough reason for Yoruba monarchs to embrace Yoruba traditional belief in invoking spiritual protection in their various domains.

Elebuibon said, “Furthermore, in the context of security, and the protection of lives and property, the Yoruba people were renowned for their formidable preparedness and comprehensive strategies. Yoruba science encompasses a multifaceted array of traditional knowledge, spiritual practices, and practical strategies aimed at safeguarding communities, defending against external threats, and ensuring the well-being of individuals and society as a whole.

“The Yoruba approaches to security and protection reflect a deep understanding of the complex dynamics of power, conflict, and resilience. For instance, the establishment of markets close to the Palace was a strategic move, where the presence of Esu Oja, the guardian of the market, symbolised not only the protection of economic activities but also served as a spiritual safeguard for the community. Similarly, there is also esu within the palaces.

“In Yoruba land, every town has a designated spot known as Ogun Ojalu. Traditionally located around the palace, this sacred spot requires annual appeasement rituals in both times of war and peace.

“In the ancient city of Osogbo, the Ogun Ojalu holds significant importance and is subjected to specific rituals. During the annual Ifa festival, ceremonies are conducted, accompanied by songs and drumming. Notably, after the rituals, the Araba and the rest of the Babalawos participate in a dance ritual, circling the spot nine times, symbolizing reverence and adherence to tradition.”


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