The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has condemned the absence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other All Progressives Congress governors in the South-West for not attending the burial service held for the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch in Osogbo on Saturday, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the governors ought to have honoured the departed monarch by being physically present at the burial service but they chose not to.
He said, “It will be most unfortunate if they did not attend the Ooni’s burial because of politics. I believe they have other reasons.
“Not attending the burial is condemnable because the throne of the Ooni is the foremost in Yorubaland.
“If they carried politics into that, then their action is sacrilegious and a great disrespect to Oduduwa , who is the progenitor of the Yoruba race.”
Also former Deputy Governor in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, berated Aregbesola and other APC governors in the South-West for shunning the burial programme.
Omisore, in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo, said it was unfortunate that the governors especially Aregbesola, could shun the burial programme of the late monarch.
The PDP chieftain, however, praised President Muhammadu Buhari, for sending Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to represent him at the burial ceremony.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, denied the allegation that the APC governors deliberately boycotted the event.
Mr. Mohammed said, “What we must first look at is: ‘what was the schedule of the governors”.’ If the governors, probably, had their planned commitments elsewhere, they may have to honour such commitments. What I can assure you is that there is conspiracy of any sort.” source: Punch