By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, on Wednesday lashed out at the Ibadan Obas installed last year by Governor Abiola Ajimobi for claiming that they were responsible for the stoppage of Olubadan salaries and would continue to withhold it until their kingship status is recognized by Olubadan.
Oba Adetunji in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Alhaji Adeola Oloko said the statement purportedly made by the Ibadan new Obas was disgraceful
The royal father maintained that the statement by the Ibadan new Obas was unfortunate considering the fact that ,it is the head that wags the tail and not vice versa, saying, a subordinate does not lord it over his principal anywhere in the world.
Referring to the judgement of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan of Friday 19th January, 2018 presided over by Justice Abimbola Aiki which declared the State Government Chieftaincy review exercise as illegal, null and void and of no effect, Oba Adetunji stressed that it would be improper for any law abiding citizen to condone illegality and criminality by conferring legitimacy on kingship without domain that is not recognized by law, more so as the judgment in question has not been set aside by a superior court.
He stated further that the ” reservation of Ibadan people to the controversial installation of High Chiefs as kings by Governor Ajimobi is another matter, wondering how long the state would continue to protect the individuals against the tradition and customs of their people.”
The Olubadan emphasized that ” the working tools of any Olubadan and his council remain the Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration, Oyo State Chiefs’ Law and Oyo State Obas and Chiefs laws” but “that the embattled High Chiefs do not seem to have copies of the working tools, going by their recent statement.”
Oba Adetunji emphasized that ” by law, custom and tradition, the Olubadan is the President of 11 Local Government Traditional Councils in Ibadan land,” adding that the Ibadan High Chiefs ” who are today claiming responsibility for the seizure of the monarch’s salaries are mere representatives of the first class monarch and they occupy their positions at the Local Government Traditional Councils at the pleasure of the Olubadan.
The Olubadan pointed out that “on page 13 of the Western State Chieftaincy Declarations Ibadan City Area titled Declaration Made under section 4 (3) of the Chiefs Law 1957 of the customary law regulating the selection of Ekerin Balogun of Ibadan Chieftaincy, it is stated categorically that any junior chief found guilty by a meeting of the chiefs who are traditional members of the council of disregard, of disrespect to the position or authority of the Olubadan or of a senior chief under Native Law and custom may not be eligible for promotion to the (Olubadan) stool.”
Maintaining that “disregard or disrespect shall mean acts of contumely, refusal to pay necessary customary obeisance and flouting of superior customary authority, Oba Adetunji said “in other words, all these artificial kings are simultaneously guilty by utterances of an act of contumely and recklessness.”.
” None of these artificial kings can be promoted to the throne of Olubadan behind the back of Olubadan. The Otun Olubadan, who calls himself Oba Lekan Balogun like any of those artificial kings, must pass some acid test in the presence or absence of an Olubadan of Ibadan. It is therefore necessary that the High Chiefs who prefer to call themselves obas must be careful and eschew reckless statement on the Olubadan as an attack on Olubadan is automatically an attack on Ibadan land.”
Oba Adetunji added that ” the Olubadan is the only one who will never seek promotion because he has reached the top of the ladder. All the others must refrain from shooting themselves at the foot for their own sakes”