Olubadan Of Ibadan Warns Governor Ajimobi Over Chieftaincy assessment Panel


Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1, the Olubadan of
Ibadan land says Governor Ajimoni should count him out of the
planned chieftaincy review panel.
The panel recommends 32 crown Obas for Ibadan. He described
the proposed panel as “an exercise in futility to embark on
creation of new crowns and royalties without first of all
resolving issues”.
Oba Adetunji also described the recommendation of the 32
crown Obas for Ibadan land by the Justice Boade commission
set up by the state government as a joke carried too far”.
In a statement released by his Director, Media and Public
Affairs, Mr. Adeola Oloko, Oba Adetunji says he is not in
supoort of the proposed panel and he has never supported the
panel put up by Commissioner for Local Government and
Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade.
The statement reads;
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" “The erroneous impression in
that interview was that
Kabiyesi had at one time
opposed the chieftaincy
review before he later
changed his mind to support
it.
“For the avoidance of doubt,
there was never a time that
Olubadan supported the
review embarked upon by the
Oyo State Government.
“This was why the first class
monarch did not submit any
memorandum nor made any
representation to the panel.
“When last week the panel
submitted its report to the
State Governor, the public
would vividly remember that
Olubadan was not in the
picture at all, because he
was not invited.
“Both the young and old in
Ibadan know that the Ibadan
chieftaincy system is not a
creation of the government.
It is a creation of Ibadan
people.
“No king, no Governor, no
elite, no High Chief has the
right to tamper with the
system without recourse to
our people.
“How many town hall
meetings has the State
Government convened before
arriving at the conclusion
that Ibadan deserves 32
crowns?
“To show ignorance of our
tradition, the panel lumped
our highly respected High
Chiefs with baales who are
always nominated by the
family Mogajis.’
“Secondly, if the traditional
institution wants are view, it
is not the duty of government
to spearhead the review.
It is the duty of the Olubadan
sitting in council to sit down
and look at what they want
to review and register same
to the State Government for
approval.
“In Ile-Ife, where the Hon.
Commissioner mentioned on
the interview, this is the
tradition. The Osun State
Government did not
spearhead the review. In
Lagos and Ogun States, the
case is similar.’
“Besides, there are two cases
in court in respect of this
same issue, which the Oyo
State Government is not
unaware of.
“Thirdly, you do not have to
be a member of the Oyo State
Council of Obas and Chiefs to
know that creation of
royalties and crowns is a
matter for discussion and
deliberation. So, the question
is how long ago has the
council met?
“Therefore, it is an exercise
in futility to embark on
creation of new crowns and
royalties without first of all
resolving these issues.
“Besides, how many Emirs
are in Kano City, if you are
talking of size and
population? How many
Sultan are in Sokoto? And,
how many Queens are in
England?”
“Kabiyesi will not be able to
attend the meeting called by
the Ministry of Local
Government and Chieftaincy
Matters to discuss the issue
slated for Wednesday 23rd
because of a subsisting court
order as Olubadan is a law
abiding citizen of Nigeria.” "

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