The Palace of the Oluwo of Iwo land has reacted to a letter claiming the monarch is soliciting N20 million for his proposed wedding to a northern Princess.
The letter circulating on social media was addressed to the Osun State Governor and was dated February 8th 2022.
“I have the instructions of His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, to notify you of the Oluwo’s decision to marry a princess from Kano Emirate, to be precise Ado Bayero dynasty.
“I wish to remind Your Excellency that this kind of royal wedding within two notable traditional institutions in Nigeria, will require huge expenses, which necessitates support of state government financially even logistically.
“Moreover, the estimated amount for the event is above (N20,000,000:00) twenty million Naira.
“His Excellency, Oba Akanbi relies on you for necessary consideration and approval on this request.
The monarch has now reacted to the trending letter through his spokesperson, Alli Ibrahim. According to Alli, the palace didn’t write the letter and it was orchestrated by mischievous people to discredit the monarch.
“We read with total dismay, a letter purportedly said to emanate from the palace of Oluwo of Iwoland seeking financial assistance on his personal affairs, wedding.
“While we commend the enlightened public for their sense of fair judgment, we want to categorically state that the letter is fake and did not emanate from the palace of Oluwo.
“The said letter lacks basic in-house styles of Oluwo’s palace correspondence. Oluwo always appends his personal signature while writing the government.
“Equally, the font in the letter is not our official style. At the said date on the letter, Oluwo was not in the state up till now. And his secretary has no audacity, whatsoever, to sign on behalf of His Majesty while communicating with the government.
“The letter was orchestrated by mischievous people whose mission is to discredit the palace. Marriage is a personal affairs. There is no marriage venture too big for Oluwo to finance on his own. Those circulating such should exercise caution. Queen is coming but not in haste of the public demand.
“We enjoin reasonable individual to get their facts before jumping on the bandwagon.”