The Palace of the Oluwo of Iwo has reacted to a letter said to have been written to Osun State governor by the Oluwo Of Iwoland soliciting N20 million for his proposed wedding to a Princess from Ado Bayero Dynasty in Kano State
The letter titled “Notification of wedding and request for financial support” was addressed to the Osun State Governor and dated February 8th, 2022.
It reads: “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.
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“His Excellency, Oba Akanbi relies on you for necessary consideration and approval on this request.
Reacting to the viral letter, the monarch, through his spokesperson, Alli Ibrahim, denied writing the state governor for financial support for the proposed wedding.
Alli Ibraheem said: “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.”