Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, on Monday, hit hard on former members of his council to drop their crowns and return to the palace.
Oba Saliu, we reliably gathered, released the provocative statement as a reply to the allegations leveled against him by the estranged members of his council.
The well-respected ruler, in his press release, said he is ready to accept them back once they remove their illegal crowns. He noted that he would rather remain calm than engage in quarrels on pages of newspaper.
Oba Saliu added that he would wait patiently after May 29 when power would have changed hands, describing the crowns of the Ibadan High Chiefs as illegal against the customs and traditions of Ibadanland.
I have never seen in my life in Yorubaland where two kings sit in the palace. It is always the king and his Chiefs not the contrary happening in Ibadan now. Apart from violating our customs and traditions, there is no law that backs the wearing of illegal crowns in Ibadanland.
Oba Saliu declared
Recall there was absolute peace and harmony in the Ibadan royal council until Oyo State Governor, Fabiola Ajimobi, fell out with the Olubadan.
The silent but raging feud later became a major discourse in the city of Ibadan, with some backing the governor against the king who is truly defending traditions and norms of the land.
Ajimobi, in his bid to split the council and also hit back on king, went ahead to crown the Chiefs as kings, which is against the law of the land. The governor not only crowned them, he also gave the autonomy in their domain.
Our check confirms that the incoming governor may likely intervene and reform the council, while Olubadan will remain paramount ruler of Ibadanland as it used to be.