From Tope Musowo, Ado-Ekiti
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesaanmi III, has descried the rate at which family houses are being sold to non indigenes in Ado-Ekiti.
The monarch who lamented the alarming rate at which old family houses, especially those by the road sides are being sold to people whose origin could not be traced to anywhere in Ekiti land, and this, according to the monarch, is a trend that has continued over time and now calls for worry.
Oba Rufus Adejugbe therefore, made a decree that whoever wants to sell his father’s house henceforth must consult the palace chiefs or the family elders and established a good reason why they must sell before taking such decision and to ensure an indigene buys such property instead of selling to non-indigenes who he said with the passage of time may take over their land, if they are allowed to continue buying everywhere unchecked.
Oba Adejugbe expressed this worry at this year’s Udiroko, an annual festival in Ado-Ekiti, where sons and daughters of Ado gathers at the palace to do an appraisal of their sojourn in the past years and plan for the years ahead.
The event is to run through a whole week, starting with a prayer meeting at the palace on the first day, after which they held a seminar, followed by a football match, (Oba Adejugbe’s Cup), then the day when the indigenes come to pay homage to the king, with their gifts, like Kola nuts, walnuts etc Then on Saturday, the festival proper takes place, with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday to round-off the event.