Ibadan obas deny drop­ping crowns for pro­mo­tion

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Wale Oye­wale, Ibadan

The truce be­tween the Olubadan of ibadan, Oba Saliu Ade­tunji, and some mem­bers of the Olubadan-in­coun­cil over the 2017 chief­taincy re­form ini­ti­ated by former gover­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi may have, once again, suf­fered a set­back.

This is be­cause the af­fected ibadan high chiefs have de­nied the re­port that said they had agreed to drop their crowns.

One of the af­fected chiefs, high Chief Ta­judeen Aji­bola, said the new pro­mo­tion did not in­val­i­date their crowns.

Aji­bola, who de­scribed the re­port as un­re­al­is­tic, said, “My pro­mo­tion doesn’t take away my crown; dis­re­gard the fake news.”

Aji­bola, who moved from the po­si­tion of Osi Ba­lo­gun to Otun Ba­lo­gun, said the let­ter of pro­mo­tion re­ferred to him as ‘his Royal Majesty.’

The let­ter, signed by one Mr Tunde Adeyanju from the state Min­istry of Lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Chief­taincy Mat­ters, stated, “it is my plea­sure to in­form you that as a re­sult of the va­cancy in the rungs of the lad­der of Ba­lo­gun of Olubadan of ibadan, gover­nor Seyi Makinde has gra­ciously ap­proved your pro­mo­tion to the post of Otun Ba­lo­gun of ibadan­land with ef­fect from Novem­ber 20, 2019.

“While con­grat­u­lat­ing you on this your well de­served el­e­va­tion, i pray that god will grant you good health and long life to steer the ship of ibadan tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tion. i also pray that your ten­ure will usher in the much de­served peace, progress and de­vel­op­ment of ibadan­land in par­tic­u­lar and Oyo State in gen­eral.”

how­ever, when con­tacted for re­ac­tion, the Di­rec­tor of Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity to the Olubadan, Mr Ade­ola Oloko, said, “i shall con­tact the Kabiyesi, the Olubadan of ibadan, for proper re­sponse to the claim by the high chiefs.

“i can­not re­act in de­tail un­til i get proper di­rec­tives from him as a re­sult of the sen­si­tive na­ture of the is­sue be­ing men­tioned here. The palace shall re­act ap­pro­pri­ately in due course.”

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