All seems not to be well with the highest ruling council in Ibadan as some Ibadan High Chiefs have accused the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, of running what they described as “a one-man-show” and disregarding the Olubadan-in-Council.
The High Chiefs also accused the monarch of appointing Mogajis (family heads) and Baales (village heads) without making any recourse to the council.
One of the members of the Olubadan-in-Council and the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, while speaking at a meeting of the council held in Mapo Hall, said the actions of the Olubadan called for urgent caution to forestall crisis.
Balogun, who lamented the crisis within the traditional council since the promotion of the new Obas, said it was sad that the Olubadan is destroying the system that brought him to the throne as a king.
He said rather than recognise the position of the Olubadan-in-Council, Oba Adetunji conferred the duties of the entire council on one of his wives, who rules by proxy.
Balogun said, “We want to draw the attention of the people of Ibadan to some irregularities and illegalities embarked upon by the Olubadan. We are members of the Olubadan-in-Council, but we are being sidelined by the Olubadan.
He further stated that “Against tradition, Oba Saliu is running a one-man show, disregarding the Council. He appoints Mogajis (family heads) and Baales (village heads) without making any recourse to the council. Most of the things that he does are illegal. For instance, the Olori is not a member of the Olubadan-in-Council but in his own case, the Olori unilaterally takes decisions on his behalf.
“If Olubadan thinks we do not matter, we also can show that he doesn’t matter without us. He should not forget that when he was to be made the Olubadan, he rose through the council. We (the Olubadan-in-Council) made Olubadan out of him, he did not make us what we are, but we made him the Olubadan.
“Kabiyesi, Oba Adetunji has turned the institution of Olubadan into personal affairs, which can be run at his wife’s whims and caprices, but which amounts to illegality.
“Contrary to their belief at the Popoyemoja Palace that Olubadan is an authority unto himself, we are telling the whole world that Olubadan only exists with his council. The danger of what they are doing in the palace has been manifesting in the ridiculous action of appointing two or more Mogajis from the same compound, honouring people with Mogaji title based on friendship as well as ‘cash and carry’ award of Baales to undeserving people.”
Oba Adetunji in his reaction, however, said that he has no objection to the return of his embattled High Chiefs to the palace once they remove their “illegal crowns”.
The monarch in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday by his Media Assistant, Mr. Adeola Oloko, stated that “he was not responsible in the first instance for their desertion from the palace and by so doing, for abdicating their responsibilities to Ibadanland.”
He also stated that “rather than engage in blame game, the embattled high chiefs who are understandably afraid of what is likely to befall them after May 29 when power would have changed hands should have been bold enough to apologise to the entire people of Ibadanland in particular and the Yoruba people in general for undermining our custom and tradition.”
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