The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 has described as “very rude and reckless” a statement credited to High Chief Owowlabi Olakulehin in which he said the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja was misleading the Olubadan in his refusal to recognise the new obas created as a result of the review of the Ibadan Chieftaincy declaration.
According to a statement by the Olubadan’s spokesman, Adeola Oloko, the monarch stated this while welcoming members of Mesiogo Movement, a socio-cultural club of Ibadan indigenes at his Popoyemoja palace in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The group had come to complain about High Chief Olakulehin’s statement on page 17 of the Sunday Punch of Sunday September 9.
According to Oba Adetunji, the peaceful resolution of the matter, should center around the Oyo State High Court judgement delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki which declared the Ibadan Chieftaincy review as unconstitutional and illegal.
He said he would never recognise “illegal crowns and cheap royalties”
He contented further that “while the high chiefs are begging for rule of self help, we are asking for the rule of law. The Olubadan maintained that decorum is a characteristic of serving and ex-service men, but regretted that despite his military background, Olakulehin had not been displaying discipline expected of his high office. He described Balogun Olakulehin as “the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rasidi Ladoja. In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi.”
Oba Adetunji alleged that Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun in the same crown-wearimg camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority, saying he was not surprised at it.
“At over 80, do we need to tell Balogun Olakulehin that you can make your point without insulting your elders?”, Oba Adetunji asked.
Oba Adetunji who warned the crown-wearimg Baales not to use the Ibadan Traditional Council crisis to illegally install chiefs without the consent of the Olubadan stated that every illegality committed today would be taken up and dealt with according to law some day.
Oba Adetunji who recalled how he became a millionaire at 30, advised the youths to embrace the spirit of excellence and hard work.
“Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it. So, where was Mr. Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America, I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English.” He said.
He stated that he would forever be grateful to God for using him to discover so many talents and promoting them to stardom. Some of the music talents include King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Alayeluwa Sulaimon Alao Malaika, the late Dauda Epo Akara, Asanat Omo Aje, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Waheed Larondo and Iyanda Sawaba.
The monarch stressed that he did not demand any money from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his 90th birthday as insinuated by Balogun Olakulehin, explaining that well-meaning people of Ibadan chose to celebrate Olubadan at 90 because of his steadfastness and commitment to Ibadan core values which generatioms yet unborn will not forget.
In thier remarks the President and Secretary, Mr. Adegboyega Aderemi and Abiola Olaogun hailed the first monarch for his display of maturity and called on Governor Ajimobi to call High Chief Olakulehin to order.