The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1,has sent a delegation to Cotonou, Benin Republic, to observe the proceedings of the court case involving Yoruba national agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho.
The first class monarch who did not disclose the identity of the delegation said that those to observe the court proceedings where Sunday Igboho will be facing trial would be in court unfailingly on Monday.
A statement issued by the Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity to the monarch, Mr Adeola Oloko,said Oba Adetunji stated this at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Sunday, while exchanging views with some leaders of thought comprising the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes(CCII) President General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga; first vice President General of CCII, Dr. Tirimisiyu Oladimeji; Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lekan Alabi; Ajia Olubadan, Chief Wasiu Aderoju Alaadorin; Mogaji Makusota, Prof. Oluwasegun Adekunle and Oloko.
According to Olubadan, it has become necessary in order to allay the fears of several people including protesters who besiege his palace every now and then that he is not folding his arms over the travails of Sunday Igboho and his co-travellers.
“Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, rear children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and as such he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan Traditional Institution within the ambit of the law just like any human being in Ibadan,” Oba Adetunji said.
The first class monarch, who stated that he was in constant touch with prominent royal fathers in Yorubaland, allayed the fears of the general public that there won’t be a repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814.
“Students of Nigerian history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo,” the monarch said.
Oba Adetunji, however, urged the people to remain calm and law abiding as truth will prevail.