Members of the Olubadan-In-Council have faulted the claim by the Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, over the release of the salaries of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo state, had reportedly attributed the release of the Olubadan’s salaries and the peace moves made by the High Chiefs, to the letter written by the monarch.
But in a release made available to Newspeakonline, the High Chiefs who were crowned obas last year, said Ladoja goofed on his claims.
According to them, “what motivated the release of the suspended stipend was the letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters ref: CB.211/2TI/237 dated 6th August, 2018 which is self-explanatory”.
On the peace meeting held with the Olubadan last month, the obas said they were formally invited by the Olubadan by a letter dated August 8, 2018. They said they honoured the invitation on Monday August 13, 2018 “only to be told that since Ladoja was absent, the peace meeting could not hold”.
The release, signed by six of the obas, explained further that “seven members of the Olubadan-in-Council (the new obas) were present and after about 5 hours of waiting, Kabiyesi eventually showed up briefly without uttering a word”
They warned Ladoja to stop “insulting” them, stressing: “When we go to any Olubadan-In-Council meeting in future we will gomas obas in the Council(as His Royal Majesties) under the Chairmanship of Kabiyesi, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, whomis His Imperial Majesty”
Below is a copy of the release issued by the obas: