Leader Of The Ogboni Fraternity Comes Clean, Reveals Innner Workings
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
The Leader of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), Chief Francis Meshioye, has openly rubbished the notion that the fraternity was a secret society.
He said this in Lagos during the flag-off of 2019 Founders’ Day Celebration of ROF, Meshioye, said there was nothing sinister in the activities of the fraternity.
“We are far from being a secret society; we are a registered entity that abides with the laws of the land and our objectives are to promote positive values, truth, justice and cultural heritage,” he said.
Meshionye further went to reveal that the fraternity was actually founded in 1914 by a Christian, Deacon Jacobson Ogunbiyi, saying the initial objective was to promote Christian values among the peopleRelated: Fulani Communities In Plateau Beg For Calm And Proper Due Dilligence By The NPF As Reprisal Attacks Spread
He added that the group was later expanded to accommodate people of other faiths, hence the change in name from Ogboni Fraternity to Reformed Ogboni Fraternity.
He said that it was note-worthy to remember that the founding fathers of ROF were part of those who fought for the decolonisation of Nigeria, developed such establishments as the civil service, judiciary and many functional post-colonial institutions.
He listed some of them as late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, late Chief Ladoke Akintola and late Sir Adeyemo Alakija.
The ROF leader underlined the fact that every Nigerian of good character could join the group and that the fraternity was not created for those who were seeking quick wealth.
“The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) has the ultimate objective of promoting good values, love discipline, not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world wherever her members finds him or herself.
“There is a clear distinction between ROF as a fraternity and any other forms of organisations.
“Our fraternity compels her members to imbibe the fundamental injunction of ”do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.
“However, the fraternity had to overcome many challenges that were rooted in misinterpretations of what we stand for,” Meshioye said.
In conclusion, he ended up by pointing out that the celebration of ROF’s 2019 Founders’ Day was to promote the ideals of the fraternity and show the world that the group was all positive.