Ibadan obas deny dropping crowns for promotion
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.”