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;
“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.”