by Tunde Ogunmola
On Monday, 28th August 2017, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi installed 21 Obas in Ibadan land, to the chagrin of the incumbent Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and some other prominent sons and daughters of the ancient city. However, those in the know divulged to
http://hapmag.s3.amazonaws.com , that there is more to the installation of the new obas that meets the eye, as reliable sources informed us that the installation of the 21 Oba, may find root in Gov. Ajimobi’s failed attempt to make his in-law, Abiola Kola Daisy, the new Olubadan last year.
It would be recalled that attempts were made by the Oyo State Government, under the leadership of Governor Ajimobi, to alter and review the method of crowning a king in Ibadan, to ensure young people have an opportunity to emerge the Olubadan, henceforth, which hasn’t come to a reality.
Needless to say, it took the timely intervention of a highly influential Yoruba politician and fatherly figure to douse the tension brewing, and Oba Adetunji was crowned in accordance with the customs and traditions of Ibadanland.
However, sources tell us that by crowning these new Obas for Ibadanland, it is a glaring continuation of Governor Ajimobi’s quest to alter the norm and methodology of picking an Oba in the ancient town, as well as breaking the monopoly of the Olubadan in the town.
Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadanland has reacted to the installation of the 21 Obas for Ibadanland as desecration of the crown of Olubadan. After staging a road show in which scores of Ibadan residents followed him, the monarch, who personally received all the visitors, said he would not surrender his sovereignty to any other Oba.
“As a monarch, I’m a father of all, irrespective of sex, ethnic and ideological persuasions.”
Reacting to Ajimobi’s remarks at the coronation of the 21 kings on Sunday, Oba Adetunji stated that the person or group who would use the royal stool of Olubadan for selfish political reason has not been born.
“Since Friday, March 4, 2016 when I ascended the exalted throne of Olubadan, I have opened the gate of our palace wide to all manner of people.
“If you belong to All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Labour, Accord and/or more, you are most welcome. So, politics has nothing to do with my resistance or opposition to the chieftaincy review spearheaded by the Oyo State Government.”
Adetunji also described as unfortunate the comment by the Governor that recent utterances from the palace are tending towards the political, adding if Ajimobi has any demonstrable evidence of such, he should kindly provide it.
According to him: “There is no press statement issued from the Olubadan Media Office which did not enjoy my blessing before it was made public.
“While I am aware that people react to age differently, I am not old enough to be misinterpreted by anybody, even at 89. Governor Ajimobi stated that he invited us to the Governor’s Office over this matter and visited me in the palace later.
“While this is true, I wish to respectfully state that the Boade Panel was inaugurated on May 19, 2017, His Excellency, Governor Ajimobi invited me to the Governor’s Office on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 after the panel had sat for four weeks. At that meeting, His Excellency, the Oyo State Governor, the High Chiefs and State House Correspondents would recall my opposition to the chieftaincy review.
“My question is: did anybody put words in my mouth in that recorded tape? When he invited me to his office and visited me in the palace on Sunday, June 18, 2017, the Boade Panel was almost through with its job. When we met at the inner chamber, what the State Governor came to tell me was that he knew I should have been consulted first.
“So, it is not true that I was consulted as claimed by him. If I had been consulted, this error would have been avoided.The desecration of the crown would have been averted.”
Oba Adetunji, who congratulated all Ibadan people for maintaining peace despite the brazen abuse of Ibadan custom and tradition, stated that these times would pass.