The war of words between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and members of the Olubadan-in-council continued on Wednesday as members of the council kicked against the advise of the Olubadan urging them to drop their beaded crowns and return to the palace.
The Olubadan-in-council which comprises of Ibadan Obas and promoted Baales described the directive as hypocritical and an aspersion on the review of the laws governing traditional institution in Oyo State which approved their installation as beaded crown wearing kings.
Oba Adetunji had in a reaction to the various accusations leveled against him by the Obas asked the Olubadan-in-council members among them to remove their beaded crowns and come back to the palace to perform their roles as members of his council.
Reacting, the Obas led by Otun Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun faulted Olubadan’s remarks, insisting that none of the issues raised in their allegations against the “nefarious activities going on in his palace such as non-screening of prospective Mogajis (family heads) and Baales (village head) by the council before installation; the cash and carry manner by which people now get positions of Mogaji and Baale, leading to the appointment of more than one Mogaji from the same compound and relinquishing of the palace authority to ‘Olori’ (the wife of the monarch) among others have been answered.”
The Ibadan Obas stated that events had overtaken the court judgement being referred to by the Olubadan, adding that aside the fact that there’s an appeal pending on the same judgement, the issue of review of the traditional law in the state had since become a statewide one, encompassing Ibadan and other cities and towns which till now has not been disputed.
They emphasised that the same reform which conferred on them the new titles of His Royal Majesties and Highnesses also elevated the Olubadan to His Imperial Majesty from Royal Majesty which the Olubadan proudly adorn, saying, “so, what makes our own wrong and his own right?”
The Ibadan Obas insisted that the reform carried out by the outgoing governor of the state, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi was in the best interest of the state in general and Ibadan in particular which was why, despite their initial opposition to it, they had to embrace it when it became glaring that the reform was not of any benefit to the governor as a person.
They stated that the Olubadan himself was present at the meeting with the governor where they all agreed that the reform should be carried out.
“But, the first class monarch capitulated on getting back to his palace when his wives castigated him, wondering how on earth would other ‘Oloris’ exist alongside them at the same time”, the Obas stated.
The Obas described the claim that the palace is running smoothly without them as ridiculous and embarrassing.
“If the infamy going on in his palace with his Olori assuming the position of the defacto Olubadan and his parading lower ranking Chiefs as his council members is his own definition of smooth running of the palace, then, we wonder what and how history would record his reign,” they said.
Insisting that there’s nothing new in having more than a monarch in a town or city, the Obas said Lagos today parades over 53 Obas, Ile-Ife in Osun State is no more a town with just Ooni of Ife as its monarch owing to a similar reform carried out by the state government just to mention a few of such places where similar reforms had taken place
“Yet, in all of these places, the paramountcy of the consenting authority is never eroded which is what we have kept on telling our referred baba. Unfortunately, though very matured, peace-loving and understanding, his wife would not allow him to be himself which is why the issue has continued to linger”, the Obas said.