Osun State monarch, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, has warned government officials and political office holders against hoarding palliatives meant for the people.

Akanbi stated that officials involved in the act are cursed and would incur the wrath of God.

The monarch issued the warning while speaking with journalists during the distribution of food items to the less privileged in Iwo on Monday.

The monarch said, “If any government and political officer holder is hoarding palliative, I believe that it is a curse. People should not incur the wrath of God in this period of Ramadan and Easter.

“You cannot finish that food by yourself. It will only kill you. Instead, distribute it like I am doing to those who need it. This is leadership! King is the servant and the people, you treat them as kings because I want to raise kings.”

Oba Akanbi also called on rich Nigerians to reach out to the poor in their communities.

“We are imploring Nigerians in this time of rebirth, in this time of digging new foundation, it is always hard, so this new time people should help their neighbours.

“The rich should help the poor so that we can all grow together and fight the corruption in the land and also to reach out to people during these hard times. They should know we are complementing the efforts of the government and those who have should do the same.”

Calling on other traditional rulers to act as a link between the government and the people, he also advocated for one-on-one meetings between the traditional rulers and their subjects.

“Traditional rulers are a link between the state government and the people. You can see that I went to my people one-on-one and I met them. It is not that I am sending people to them, this is how we want the government to know that the traditional rulers can go as far as meeting their people in their respective houses.

“Traditional rulers can actually reach out. People must have sincerity in what they do, traditional rulers can really reach out to their people.

“You see while I was distributing, my sharing formula is blind.”