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Olubadan-in-Council crisis deepens as new high chiefs blast Olubadan

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
17 February 2020   |   4:06 am
The frosty relationship between the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and members of Olubadan-in-Council, which appeared to have subsided, resurfaced, yesterday...

The frosty relationship between the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and members of Olubadan-in-Council, which appeared to have subsided, resurfaced, yesterday, as the latter in a letter to the Olubadan insisted that the same instrument that gave out the title of Imperial Majesty to him also gave out Royal Majesties and Royal Highnesses to them as High Chiefs and Baales.

In a four-page letter made available to journalists in Ibadan, the members of Olubadan-in-Council, who were promoted to crown-wearing Obas by the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, expressed regret at the turn of events.

They accused the Ibadan monarch of being responsible for the impasse because of what they described as his ‘’failure to take caution when your attention was being drawn to some of the palace missteps.’’

The members of the Olubadan-in-Council stated: ‘’Ever before the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi initiated the process of the review of Ibadan Traditional Chieftaincy Declaration in 2017, two main issues had drawn a wedge between the palace and the members of the Olubadan-in-Council.

‘’The issues were the relegation of the members of the Olubadan-in-Council to mere onlookers and bystanders at the Olubadan-in-Council meetings where the Oloris (as they were then) and some members of Your Imperial Majesty’s family were the decision makers.”

‘’We are not aware of any of the Olubadans in the history of Ibadanland whose wives and family members were made members of Olubadan-in-Council. Our attempt to check this anomaly through protest was rebuffed and our personalities were verbally attacked and recriminated by the Oloris in the presence of Your Imperial Majesty without a word of caution.

‘’The other issue, which drew our ire and which was a reflection of the denial of our patriotic contributions at the Olubadan-in-Council meetings was the criminal commercialisation of Ibadan traditional titles the moment Your Imperial Majesty ascended the throne of Olubadan, which was a sharp departure from what we all agreed to and practised during the reign of Your Imperial Majesty’s predecessor.”

They said those people Olubadan said were calling for their banishment from Ibadanland were either shortsighted and shallow in thought or they are outright enemies of progress, adding: ‘’If they are not shallow in thought or shortsighted, they would appreciate our role as the kingmakers who ensured your imperial majesty’s installation in the first place and reserve the right to call for abdication of the throne if we are not comfortable (as we are presently) with the administrative style of the palace.

“Again, if the imaginary people are not regressive in thinking, they would appreciate the fact that no society is static and development is a continuous exercise. If what the palace described as the ‘damage’ had not been ‘ inflicted on Ibadan traditional system’ over the years, Ibadan would still be ruled by Baale and not an Oba and our Oba would still be either His Royal Highness or Royal Majesty and not His Imperial Majesty as we presently have today.”

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