I Don’t Need High Chief’s Endorsement To Install Chiefs —Olubadan

The alleged rift between the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji and newly elevated high chiefs appears to be deepening as the Olubsdan has stated that he does not need the endorsement of the high chiefs before he can confer honorary traditional titles on recipients.

The specific traditional title in question is that of Agbaakin Afiwagboye of Ibadanland which the Olubadan is scheduled to bestow on the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu,against the consent if the high chiefs who were recently elevated by the governor of the state.

Speaking through his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, on Thursday, the Olubadan said “The title conferment ceremony slated for Saturday, November, 11, 2017 and beyond by him at his palace on distinguished individuals is unstoppable and irreversible as he does not need the involvement and endorsement of any high chief to perform his role.

“The Olubadan is reacting to a statement credited to two high chiefs on the proposed conferment of the honorary chieftaincy titles on deserving individuals. The two high chiefs are contradicting themselves with their statements in the media

“There is no rule and regulation that the king has flouted by prescribing and appointing deserving individuals for title conferment as the law that affirms the Olubadan as the prescribed and appointing authority on chieftaincy matters which predated his ascension to the exalted throne of the Olubadan is still in force and has not been repealed. While the Olubadan is a legal personality, the Olubadan advisory council is not, as it is basically an Advisory Council without any legal instrument whatsoever.

“The king will like to urge those concerned to read the chieftaincy laws guiding the operations of Olubadan and his chiefs thoroughly and properly to discover the truth. The Olubadan also called the law enforcement agents, particularly the police to rise up to the task of providing the needed security to avoid the repeat of the September 25, 2017 incident when some yet-to-be identified gunmen invaded the palace during a chieftaincy installation.”

On the visit of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to Ajimobi and his (Oluwo) peace move over the crisis trailing the installation of 21 kings by the governor, the Olubadan said he appreciated the move.

The monarch, however, said he would not compromise the customs of the land and would prefer that the court rule on the case he instituted against the governor and others over the issue.

“The king will not in any way compromise Ibadan customs and traditions, though he acknowledged that the Oluwo visited him in his palace sometime ago. As the custodian of the traditions and customs of Ibadan people, he will not come short of the expectations of the people by legitimising mushroom crowns.

“The king prefers that since the matter is before the court of competent jurisdiction, he will not want to say much other than to thank all the royal fathers and other stakeholders that are initiating peace moves,” the statement added.

Oyo Govt, Olubadan Row To End Soon – Oluwo

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, has said that the ongoing face-off between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the state government would soon be resolved.

The monarch spoke after a close-door meeting with Gov. Abiola Ajimobi at the Government House, Ibadan on Wednesday.

Judging from his earlier meeting with the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on the matter, the first class monarch said that he was confident that a rapprochement would soon be established over the chieftaincy review row.

The governor had, on August 27, presented certificates and staff of office to eight former Ibadan high chiefs and 13 Baales, a development that triggered a face-off between him and the Olubadan, who was opposed to the crowning of new Obas.

The Oluwo said that his visit to Ajimobi was aimed at finding an amicable solution to the dispute between the governor and Oba Adetunji.

Oba Akanbi, who did not disclose the details of his discussions with Ajimobi and the Olubadan, however, expressed optimism that the end to the crisis was in sight.

He commended the governor for what he called his peaceful disposition to the saga and his continuous expression of deep respect for the Olubadan and the traditional institution.

The Oluwo said, “I have met with Baba, the Olubadan, and we even spoke last night. I am here to speak with the governor because Iwo is the closest town to Ibadan. Being the closest first class monarch to the Olubadan, anything that happens to Ibadan is of interest to Iwo.

“We are here in continuation of our efforts at finding solution to the crisis. I am not going tell you the details of our discussions, but I can assure you that the traditional stool has been highly respected by the governor. He has shown so much respect to the Olubadan.

“I can see the government’s side that must also be respected. We must not rubbish that office. You can see that even with the power at his disposal, Ajimobi has toed the path of modesty and a quintessential trueborn Yoruba man.

“He has kept saying ‘Olubadan is my father; he is my king; I am the Aare of Ibadanland courtesy of Baba Olubadan.’ So he has shown so much humility that must be appreciated. I believe Baba Olubadan will soon come to terms with the governor on the installation of Obas in Ibadan.”

The royal father commended the governor for embracing all efforts towards finding amicable resolution to the impasse.

Police Deny Olubadan’s Palace Was Invaded By Gunmen

OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the palace of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji was invaded by gunmen yesterday causing pandemonium as people that came for the installation of some Baales ran for their lives.

The gunmen were said to have arrived at the palace around 12 p.m. in a white Sienna Toyota utility car shooting sporadically into the air to disperse people at the event before shooting into the vehicle of the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sharafadeen Alli, who is the current Asaaju Balogun of Ibadanland.Palace sources said they saw the assailants dressed in black
Palace sources said they saw the assailants dressed in black T- shirt and tied red clothes around their heads armed with pump action rifles and A-K47 rifles.However, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who condemned the attack on Olubadan’s palace, has directed security agencies to ensure that the masterminds are swiftly arrested, interrogated and brought to justice.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, he said “the governor has vowed not to brook anyone or group of people desirous of bringing back the regime of violence and brigandage to the state.

Alli, said to be in the bullet-ridden car at the time of shooting, escaped by whiskers, so also some journalists that were outside the palace who had to escape into the filthy drainage in front of the Popoyemoja residence of the monarch.

Though the identity of the assailants was yet to be known, but their motive was believed not to be far from the controversy trailing the review of the Olubadan declaration by the state government, which had caused a sharp disagreement between the monarch and majority of the members of Olubadan in Council.

Eight out of the nine surviving members of the Olubadan in Council, who had accepted the crown from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had in paid advert yesterday kicked against the installation of the new Baales by the Olubadan.

A statement signed by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, urged the monarch not to go ahead with the installation because such development had not been discussed at the council and the monarch could not unitarily installed a Baale without being discussed at the council.

However, few minutes after the incident, men of a joint security task force in the state, Operations Burst, arrived at the palace and restored normalcy.

When contacted, the Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan, Mr. Adeola Oloko, simply said: “The police will do their job.”

Meanwhile, while the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State Command, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, could not be reached on his phone for comment at the time of filing this report.

However, the state police boss, Abiodun Odude, has debunked speculations that Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was attacked by unknown gunmen at his palace.

Odude, who stated there was nothing like gunshots at the palace, said: “There was a coronation ceremony conducted by the Olubadan today and everything went well. I don’t know where people got the information that there was gun firing.”

Ex-Oyo SSG, 3 Journalists Escape Death As Gunmen Attack Olubadan’s Palace

It was confusion galore on Monday at the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji as gunmen attacked the palace few minutes to the commencement of the installation of two new Baale (Community heads) by Oba Adetunji.

During the attack, a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government and an Ibadan Senior Chief, Chief Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli and three journalists escaped death during the confusion.

It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about four reportedly stormed the palace in a black Sienna space bus few minutes after the arrival of the former SSG who was about to step out of his car when they opened fire on his car and other vehicles parked in front of the palace.

The three journalists namely Femi Atoyebi of the Punch, Demola Babalola of This Day and Jeremiah Oke of Daily Trust were about entering the palace when the gunmen started shooting sporadically into the palace forcing the trio to dive into the nearby gutter to escape being hit by the bullets.

Also attacked during the sporadic shooting, a woman identified as Alhaja Iyabo Adeyemi whose car, a Black Honda Accord marked  GGB 690 CU was damaged with the occupants of the car sustaining serious injuries.

The unidentified gunmen during the shooting opened fire repeatedly and shattered the former SSG’s car’ s glass windows and other cars parked in front of the palace while the three journalists were in the gutter for about 10 minutes until the gunmen left the palace for Molete end of Popoyemoja.

Despite the attack on the palace, Oba Adetunji went ahead with the installation  of the community heads

The newly installed community heads are  Chief Saheed Adeyemi Alatise who was installed as Baale Lagelu Aboke Village and Chief Taye Makinde Aikomo who emerged as Baale Adigun Village..

The installation was witnessed by former Governor of the state and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Iyalode of Ibadanland Chief Aminat Abiodun.

Others are Mogaji Abduljeleel Adanla (Mogaji Adanla), Mogaji Abass Oloko (Mogaji Oloko) among others.

Source: New Nigerian

Olubadan, Ooni to Southwest governors: To Avoid The Extintion Of Agriculture And Its Research

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso I and the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, have urged governors in the Southwest to avoid the extinction of agriculture and its research.

The monarchs said proceeds of agriculture were used to develop the region in the First Republic and pre-Independence days.

They advised politicians to stop doling out motorcycles to youths but encourage them to return to farming to forestall the extinction of agriculture in the region.

The frontline monarchs spoke yesterday at the 30th annual Southwest Research Extension Farmers Input Linkage Systems (REFILS) workshop organised by the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Oba Adetunji was represented by the Ekaarun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Amidu Ajibade and Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi by Oba Adebisi Layade Alara Oodaye of Araland Ife.

Oba Adetunji said: “You said graduates are riding Okada (commercial motorcycles). This is because there is no love. They should stop buying Okada for our youths. Tell them to stop that.

“I asked if this institution is getting support from the Federal Government. They said no; those who should do so are not doing it.

“Our governors must support agriculture and research to prevent them from extinction. Now, all state governments need to stand up and develop agriculture.

“You need to meet traditional rulers to make a request on what you need and see if it wouldn’t be granted, at least some pieces of land to cultivate on it too, rather than requesting for Okada’s for transportation to be able to satisfy their needs.

You that are on the top, you don’t help your younger ones, it is important for you to help because most of you that are retiring, you don’t look back at those who succeed you, the other tribes help themselves, this cause the backwardness in Yorubaland. Those who you send to Abuja as representatives, most of them are looking for money to fill their own pockets”.
IAR&T Executive Director, Professor James Adediran in his welcome address called on SW governors urged state governors to look into the problems facing REFILS and approve funds for the execution of the relevant projects, saying,”I will like to invite the attention of all the chief executive officers of the states concerned to look critically into problems facing REFILS and approve funds for the execution of relevant projects”.
Professor Adediran declared that the workshop was aimed to bring stakeholders such as scientists, agrochemical companies, input supply agencies, policy makers, NGOs and farmers together to find a pragmatic solution to production constraints in agricultural development as well as for formulation of technological messages emanating from trials conducted for mass adoption by farmers.

Olubadan Set To Cause Havoc In Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the Aje Ogungunniso I, has alerted the police high command to alleged moves by some residents of the city to cause mayhem.

Oba Adetunji spoke yesterday at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace while hosting Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Foluso Adebanjo.

He alluded to the case of Oloode village in Oluyole Local Government Area, where Lukman Alao was deposed as Baale and replaced on January 9 with Dauda Odeyemi Ejo.

The first-class monarch said Alao had allegedly become a law unto himself, using the machinery he procured outside the state to molest and arrest law-abiding residents.

Oba Adetunji said: “Part of his mode of operation is continuous use of number plate of Baale Oloode long after his removal from office. His co-traveller is the Onido of Ido, Chief Tajudeen Akinola Agura, who, although is not molesting anybody but is using the number plate of Onido of Ido.

“If a chief is removed in accordance with our tradition for allegations of a wrongdoing, he could either take it or go to the law court in search of justice. We believe in the rule of law. This is why we have not joined issues with the deposed Baale. But as the prescribed authority over all the 11 local government areas in Ibadan land, I will not fold my arms and allow anybody to use the machinery to molest my people.”

The Olubadan, who was flanked by the Otun Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Femi Olaifa and Ekaarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade, described the acts of the two deposed chiefs as an abomination.

He hailed the police for their professionalism in maintaining law and order and ensuring peace and security.

Oba Adetunji prayed for the success of the new DIG and his men, including the AIG Zone XI, Oyo State police commissioner and others.

Adebanjo said the Olubadan’s request would be promptly examined.

He said officers and men of the force would continue to collaborate with traditional institutions to ensure law and order.



Source: The Nation