*Says Olubadan, Not I, installed new Ibadan monarchs, Ladoja absent
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Friday, declared that seeking legal option to challenge the coronation of the elevated Ibadan High Chiefs will end up in futility.
Governor Makinde made this known in Ibadan, while speaking at the elevation of the Ibadan High Chiefs to beaded crown wearing Obas held at the Mapo Hall with the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja absent at the elevation ceremony.
The governor stressed at the elevation ceremony that he was not the one who presented crowns to the ten newly coronated High Chiefs of the Olubadan-in-Council.
He stressed that he was only at the elevation ceremony to present the instrument of office as expected of him as the governor as well as to observe the event as a guest.
According to Governor Makinde, the clarification became imperative in view of insinuations that he was the one who was behind the crowing of the High Chiefs as Obas.
Recalling that, at a time he was against the crowning of some monarchs, the governor said now he had learnt better and seen things more clearly especially since the request was made by the Olubadan himself.
Speaking, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun said the uniqueness of Ibadan traditional system”, remains despite the elevation of Ibadan High Chiefs to beaded crown wearing Obas.
Oba Balogun pointed out that with the elevation of the High Chiefs, “nothing changes” in the Ibadan succession system.
He maintained that the stool of Olubadan will not lose its respect, honour and prestige with the elevation of Ibadan High Chiefs to beaded crown wearing Obas, adding that the uniqueness of Ibadan traditional system remains, as it is as nothing changes in our succession plan and the titles with which our High Chiefs are elevated remain, both in nomenclatures and functions”.
” I have heard people hammering the uniqueness of our Ibadan traditional system and painting the picture of trying to alter it with what we are doing with this elevation. Far from it”, he said.
Oba Balogun added, “The system remains as it is as nothing changes in our succession plan and the titles with which our High Chiefs are elevated remain, both in nomenclatures and functions.
“Another notable observation worthy of public clarification has to do with the fear of the stool of Olubadan losing respect, honour and prestige because of the elevation of the High Chiefs to Beaded Crown-Wearing Obas as Royal Majesties. I don’t think it can happen or I don’t see it happening because the stool of Olubadan is a sacred one that nobody dares desecrate for whatever reason or purpose.”
The Olubadan stressed, “We cannot do without reference to the indignation our High Chiefs suffer at public gatherings where they are usually denied their well deserved courtesies and treated shabbily, where an Oba of a community not as populous as my Aliiwo family compound is given all respect and reverence simply because there’s a crown on his head and addressed as ‘Oba’.
” What’s more, today’s High Chiefs are tomorrow’s Olubadans and the law of what you sow, you will reap or the admonition of our forefathers that when you want to go and bury your senior brother nakedly, take along your younger brother (Eni to ba fe lo sin egbon e ni ihoho, ko ranti mu aburo re lowo) should remain our guide,” he said.
The High Chiefs elevated to beaded crown wearing Obas are Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin, Otun Balogun High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola and Osi Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole, High Chiefs Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe (Osi Balogun), Abiodun Kola-Daisi (Ashipa Olubadan), Kolawole Adegbola (Ashipa Balogun), Hamidu Ajibade (Ekerin Olubadan), Dada Isioye (Ekerin Balogun), Adebayo Akande (Ekarun Olubadan) and Abiodun Dauda Azeez (Ekarun Balogun).