Obasanjo Laments Tussle For Supremacy Among Yoruba Monarchs

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday condemned what he described as “the rivalry for supremacy among Yoruba monarchs’’.

Obasanjo was speaking when the new Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, paid him a courtesy visit at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun.

The former president described the rivalry as “a distraction which can result to setback’’.

He said that good governance and welfare of citizens should be paramount to the monarchs.

Obasanjo advised the monarchs to guard the honour accorded to their offices jealously and to also demonstrate mutual respect for one another other.

“I think that what is more important is to give good governance to the citizens and also have mutual respect for ourselves.

“When I was president and even now, I usually accorded respect to all presidents, particularly to the ones with small populations.

“I do this because I realised that no matter how densely populated a country might be, it has the same one vote at the United Nations, just as a country with few people.

“For instance, Nigeria with a population of about 180 million has the same vote with Sao Tome with a population of 150, 000.”

The former president recalled how he consulted with Gov. Abiola Ajumobi of Oyo State during the tussle for the obaship of Ibadan, commending the governor for taking a right step.

Obasanjo, who noted that it was God who enthroned the Ibadan monarch, prayed that the same God would strengthen him to succeed.

The former president noted that from experience, like the Egbas in Ogun, the people of Ibadan in Oyo State were not easy to govern.

He advised the Ibadan monarch to be trustworthy and to ensure that he dispensed justice.

“Although all mankind are difficult to govern but I also know from experience that the people of Egba and Ibadan particularly, are not easy to govern.

“I pray that God who put you there will help you to succeed.

“What is most important to any leader, be it traditional, political or religious is for him to be trustworthy.

“Nobody is perfect, but once you are queried over some issues and you are able to defend yourself well, you can then leave the rest to God.

In his response, Adetunji commended Obasanjo for his role in his emergence as the 41st Olubadan.

He called for unity among monarchs in Yorubaland to move the people forward.

Olubadan Suspends Onido, Places Eze Ndigbo Under Baales

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, yesterday seized the beads of the Baale of Ido, Chief Tajudeen Akinola Agura, for parading himself as the Onido.

Onido is a major Ibadan less city baale. The title has been in the news in the last 10 years for various traditional and political reasons.

But for Agura yesterday will remain a day to remember as he faced the members of the Olubadan-in-Council, who quizzed him for allegedly parading himself as the Onido though he had been suspended.

After the rilling, the Council affirmed his suspension and seized his beads with a warning to stop parading himself as the Onido, until a final decision is taken on his case.

Wearing a white lace agbada, the chief left the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan in a sober mood.

He was installed in July 2011 after his predecessor, Chief Benjamin Ishola, was deposed for, among others, his crave for a beaded crown.

While Ishola struggled for stronger recognition and a beaded crown, Agura was in court to challenge the former’s occupation of the stool, claiming he (Agura) was the right candidate.

He eventually won in 2011 when the late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 installed him.

A source said aside the suspension, several petitions hang around Agura’s neck, particularly on alleged land grabbing and related issues.

The source said it would be tough for the suspended baale to wriggle out of the suspension.

Oba Adetunji warned leaders of the Igbo community in Ibadan to subject themselves to the authority of the baales in their domains.

He said Eze Ndigbo must operate within the framework of the Ibadan traditional authority.

The monarch said on no account would the palace attend to the Eze without passing through the baales under who they must subject themselves.

Briefing reporters after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting yesterday, the Asipa Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, said: “We have taken a stance on the principle of upholding Ibadan authority.

“We’ve done many things today on the issue of the man parading himself as Onido who has been suspended.

“The Kabiyesi was of the view that since he has been suspended, he can not go about parading himself as Onido, wearing beads. So, we have seized his beads.

“The second issue was the issue of Eze Ndigbo. In any community, you cannot have two monarchs.

“The only Oba in Ibadan is the Olubadan. So, no other person can call himself his royal highness in Ibadan land.”

Other members of the council in attendance include the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja; Osi Balogun, High Chief Femi Olaifa; the Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; the Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and Chief Lateef Gbadamosi.

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I Wept On Day Of Coronation – Olubadan

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said the crowd at his coronation scared him.

Adetunji spoke in his palace yesterday when Bishop Wale Oke of the Sword of the Spirit Ministry visited him.

“On my coronation day, I was afraid. I wept and I thought I was going to die,” he said.

The monarch, who said he never dreamt of becoming the Olubadan, added that he was brought up by the late Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanke.

“I never knew I will be Olubadan when I was under him, but years after his death, I was installed as the monarch,” he said.

Oke condemned the incessant kidnapping of clergymen.

He said: “They have turned kidnapping into a business.

“I read in the papers that three clergymen in Kaduna were kidnapped and their abductors are demanding for N100 million.

“I appeal that they should be released immediately.”

The bishop said government at all levels must make kidnapping a capital offence, adding that: “if you kidnap anybody and you are caught, then you are gone.”

On the reason for his visit, the cleric said he was in the palace to congratulate the Olubadan and to pray for longitivity and sound health for him.

“I came here to congratulate the Olubadan on his installation and to also let him know that he has a son among the men of God in the country,” he said.

Oke prayed that Oba Adetunji’s tenure would be prosperous, with the ancient city witnessing economic prosperity.

The bishop also called on Nigerians to be patient with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the irregularities in the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“I don’t support the public clamour for the scrapping of JAMB because you don’t throw out the baby with the bath water,” he said.

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