The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Oyo town has accused a highly revered traditional ruler, the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi of selling parts of its 96 plots of land at Ayetoro to some investors.
They therefore protested the development and the entire role played by Oba Adeyemi, in an ongoing land tussle between the association and other parties in the town.
Following several aborted proposed meetings with the monarch by the Oyo town chapter of CAN, the religious body said the absence of Alaafin from the dialogue was deliberate.
An executive member of the Oyo Zone CAN, Reverend Femi Afolabi, said in a story earlier published by the Punch that in view of the monarch’s attitude, the Christian association took to the street in Oyo town in protest against his roles in the land tussle.
Afolabi, who is the head of Zonal Issues in the Oyo Zone CAN, said the matter got to a head when some of its members who were on inspection of the property were attacked by some hoodlums who were believed to be land grabbers.
“On Sunday, the 5th of July, the entire body of Christ in Oyo land, comprising Afijio, Oyo East and West and Atiba local government areas, marched from Isokun Baptist Church to CAN land in Ayetoro scheme. We came back through the palace to Isokun. The protest match is predicated on the fact that the land belongs to CAN.
“Having been allocated to us by the Atiba Local Government Area, we got information that kabiyesi, the Alaafin of Oyo, is selling the land. We made several approaches to him formally and informally to let him know that we have documents for the land, but he did not allow dialogue to prevail. That was why CAN decided to let the whole world know that he wants to use his royal stool to cheat CAN; that was why we protested.
“He gave us an appointment at a time. I can’t remember the date now and all the head of churches in the land were there with the CAN executive members, including bishops,”
“On getting there, everybody waited for more than one hour, he didn’t show up. He sent a message that he had a visitor from Abuja.
“We told the people whom he sent to us that if he wanted to see us he could call us but he never called till date. It was like a slap on the entire church,” he said.