Ibadan indigenes approves the new kings – CCII

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji
The Central Council of Ibadan
Indigenes on Tuesday said 90 per cent
of Ibadan indigenes were in support of
the enthronement of 21 new kings by
Governor Abiola Ajimobi .
Speaking in Ibadan during a press
conference called by the council , the
CCII President- General , Chief Yemi
Soladoye, said there was a history of
chieftaincy reforms dating back to the
19 th century in the city, noting that
the flawless succession system in
Ibadan was the result of several
reviews .
Soladoye said high chiefs, who were
elevated to the position of kings in
Ibadan, had always been accorded the
status of second- class kings by the state
government. He stated that the new
kings had no domain , meaning that
Ibadan land remains under the
Olubadan authority .
He said , “ The CCII wishes to confirm
that the change that has just taken
place was desired , initiated, supported,
applauded and appreciated by the
generality of Ibadan indigenes
worldwide .
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“ Constant changes and reviews are in
fact the ingredients that have
sustained our well - organised and
rancour- free ascension to the throne
of Olubadan of Ibadan land in almost
200 years of our existence . During the
time of Lagelu, our progenitor , up to
the dissolution of the second Ibadan,
we were using various titles including
Olubadan and since the emergence of
this third Ibadan around 1820 , titles
like Basorun, Balogun , and Aare have
been used to describe our leaders .
“ Nobody has created any new ruling
house (with the new system ). The
former high chiefs can now physically
carry the authority of the Olubadan
for development in their communities
and create flamboyancy around the
Kabiyesi at public functions . The new
kings are not kings of anywhere as
they are still in the queue to become
Olubadan and the imperial power over
the entire Ibadan land still resides in
the Olubadan of Ibadan land .”
Soladoye explained that the baales that
were elevated to king status were from
satellite towns that were subdued by
the Ibadan warriors many years ago,
adding that it was not an attempt to
divide Ibadan into several parts.
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“ The fact of the case is that satellite
towns like Ijaiye - Orile , Erunmu,
Lalupon had in fact existed before the
present Ibadan but having defeated
them in wars , we demoted their kings
and annexed them to Ibadan . The new
arrangement is a manifestation of the
usual magnanimity and hospitality of
Ibadan people but they wear the
coronet from the Olubadan and not
their ancestral crowns in the new
dispensation. Some of the crowns are
also granted to protect our border
towns, ” noted the CCII boss .
Asked if the council had made efforts
to reach out to the Olubadan, who is
opposed to the move, Soladoye said
that various meetings had been held
with Ajimobi and the Olubadan.
“ The CCII during the entire saga held
various meetings with the governor ,
the Olubadan, members of the
Olubadan- in - Council and Ibadan
elders and wish to confirm that our
Kabiyesi is a dynamic and progressive
king who would naturally due to his
age and experience of life play safe in
his response to any change agenda
with insufficient clarity and
enlightenment . The CCII takes
responsibility for this gap , ” Oladoye
noted.

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