21 Ibadan monarchs finally drop their crowns.
After two years of chieftaincy controversy in the Ibadan royal council, normalcy seems to have returned to the palace of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
The 21 monarchs have dumped their crowns in a bid to bring peace back to Ibadanland.
Just a few days after visiting Oba Saliu to foster peace and pay homage to the king for his 91st birthday, the 21 kings appeared as members of the royal council at the ongoing Southwest security summit which held on Monday at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
You will recall that when the controversy was at its peak, the obas tactically shunned Olubadan’s palace owing to his stiff resistance to their elevations.
Oba Saliu’s argument was that the state government had no right to independently elevate his chiefs.
Attending the summit yesterday was an indication that they had all surrendered to the supremacy of the Olubadan, a source said.
Prominent Yoruba kings at the summit included Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Frederick Akinruntan; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and a host of other traditional rulers.
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who presided over the summit, praised the reconciliation between the Olubadan and his high chiefs, noting that peace had finally return to the land.