Scores of members of Olugbense ruling house in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, at the weekend, protested against the Supreme Court judgment on the Olofa of Offa stool.
The Supreme Court had on July 1, 2016, delivered a judgment affirming Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi of the Anilelerin ruling house as the substantive monarch of the ancient town.
This is just as Oba Gbadamosi called for the support of the people, saying: “Now that the contest is over, the sanctity and honour of the sacred throne of Olofa should be protected. This should be of profound interest to all and sundry. Providence and destiny have chosen me. I, therefore, crave for your continued support”.
However, members of the aggrieved ruling house carried placards that read: “God’s judgment is coming soon,” “Kwara State government should revisit this injustice,” “Stop selling our pride,” “No justice, no peace,” “ODU has failed us,” “Save the oppressed, Mr. President.”
The protesters also chanted anti-Supreme Court songs, stressing that the judgment empowered the female lineage to thedisadvantate of the male lineage.
Speaking with journalists, Prince to the throne from Olugbense ruling house, Alhaji AbdulRauf Keji, said the Supreme Court judgement was meant to re-write the history of Offa.
Prince Keji said the late Olofa Gangan, their father, established Offa town, adding that they would continue their fight to ensure justice prevails.
“It is not that we are fighting them or we at war with anybody. But we are after justice. Nobody can phase out Olugbense ruling house. They can’t. Our father founded this town over 600 years ago and they can’t re-write history by making female children superior to male children,” he said.