Some Ibadan elders in conjunction with some mogajis and the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) have set up a Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) to broker peace between the Olubadan and 21 other obas as well as other stakeholders in the crisis arising from the recent review of the Olubadan chieftaincy system.
The Chairman of committee is Dr Lekan Are.
A spokesperson of Authentic Mogajis in Ibadan, Chief Wale Oladoja, told reporters that a meeting of the TRC convened by Dr. Are had set the ball rolling in a way “that the pride and dignity surrounding the Obaship crisis in Ibadan land will be amicably resolved within the shortest time possible.”
The maiden meeting was held last Thursday evening at Kakanfo Inn hotel Ibadan. All the members of the committee were in attendance.
The President General of the CCII, Chief Yemi Soladoye would serve as the Coordinator. The Authentic Mogajis like Alhaji Abass Oloko (Mogaji Oloko), Chief Abduljelyl Karheem (Mogaji Adanla), Alhaji Moshud Gbolagade (Mogaji Akere), Alhaji Ademola Oladosu (Mogaji Olasomi) are other members of the reconciliation committee.
According to Oladoja, other members include a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, General Raji Rasaki (Rtd); a former Commissioner for Information and CCII chieftain, Chief Adegboyega Arulogun; Primate Ola Makinde; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland; Alhaji Dauda Makanjuola; Prof. Adeola Adeyemi; Chief Lere Adigun; Dr. Kunle Oyedele and other eminent elders in Ibadan.
Oladoja said their camp had agreed to the peace moves in a way that the pride and dignity of Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji as the Paramount traditional ruler in Ibadan would be protected.
He said the meeting was successful because of the presence of “respectable and prominent peace-loving Ibadan elders in the meeting. Chief Oladoja thanked all Ibadan sons and daughters for allowing peace to reign, stressing that “we are still solidly behind Kabiyesi and we shall not waver. We use this opportunity to felicitate with all Ibadans on the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We wish to assure them that truce is on the way and our prayer is that the ongoing reconciliation ends well.
“As true born and Mogajis, we are sheathing our swords especially now that our respected Ibadan elders under the leadership of Dr. Lekan Are had waded in to reconcile the issue and we are ready to give peace a chance. We shall continue to communicate with Ibadan people as family heads,” Oladoja added.