The news that peace has finally returned to Ikun – Ekiti was received with all glee from His Royal Majesty, Oba David Olatunde Olusola, the Onikun of Ikun – Ekiti, on Monday, 19th June, 2017 at about 16:36hr through a phone call he made to our office, Justice, Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI), Ekiti Diocese.
Following series of media reports of a clash that occurred in the town between Masquerades cult members and Muslim Community, our office paid a peace facilitating courtesy visit to the town on the 12th day of June, 2017 at the instance of His Lordship, Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti. Our office team comprised of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, Sr. Agatha Ogbuagu, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ijasan, Barr. Abisola Fayose, and Mr. Lekan.
Our office team arrived the community town hall at 3:30pm. The hall was packed full with people of the town. The Kabiyesi was well seated and was surrounded by all his Chiefs, males and females.
The Kabiyesi welcomed us to the town and narrated the events culminating into the crisis. He even took us on a tour to the site of the crisis. He also gave us a copy of each of the two letters he wrote to the Muslim Community and copied to all the Christian Communities in the town on the need to give peace a chance. The people generally laid bare their grievances and identified a small clique of the Muslim Community as the brain behind the crisis and for their selfish interest.
Indeed, it didn’t take us much time to come to term that the clash was not between Masquerades cult members and Muslim Community as widely reported. We found out that the Secretary to Oba in Council is a Muslim, and also some of the Chiefs are Muslims. From the contributions of these Muslims, it was crystal clear that the clash was not between Masquerades cult members and Muslim Community but between Masquerades cult members and a clique of the Muslim Community.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade delivered our goodwill message of peace to the Kabiyesi, his Chiefs, and the good people of the town. Rev. Fr. Anthony Ijasan added his voice to need for the people to give peace a chance.
The Kabiyesi and the entire people appreciated the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti for its timely intervention through our office. They promised to let peace reign in the town.
The meeting ended with a closing prayer led by Rev. Fr Anthony Ijasan at 5:38pm.