Olubadan chieftaincy declaration review is reversible, monarch insists

Oba Saliu Adetunji,

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has insisted that the review of the chieftaincy declaration that empowered Governor Abiola Ajimobi to install 21 monarchs is reversible, and the only way to resolve the conflict.

Governor Ajimobi had at the weekend’s Id-el Maolud celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan said there was no going back on the enthronement of the new kings.

But Oba Adetunji, while receiving some family compound leaders in his palace at the weekend, said he had lived long enough to know that God had the capacity to reverse the irreversible and return Ibadan chieftaincy system to the path of peace and harmony that made it an envy of people at home and abroad.

In a statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, the monarch stated that legal tussle over the controversial matter was alive. He urged all parties to respect the rule of law by giving the court the chance to play its constitutional role of adjudicating in disputes without let or hindrance.

“Some people erroneously believe that the chieftaincy crisis is a personal conflict between Governor Ajimobi and Oba Adetunji. This is wrong. There are at least five suits in respect of the chieftaincy crisis in the Oyo State High Court. What this shows is that the generality of our people believe that the issue at stake is a matter of great public interest as well as the outcome.

“As Olubadan, I am merely a custodian of the tradition and custom of Ibadan people. With an oath before our forebears, I do not see how as a monarch I will compromise the tradition and custom of Ibadan people.”

The monarch said it was to give peace a chance that he allowed different stakeholders to meet with him for possible out-of-court settlement, insisting that no peaceful resolution of the conflict could be achieved without repudiating the gazette.

Earlier, the spokesman of the family leaders, Mogaji Aperin, Isale Bode, Ibadan, Chief Musiliu Ola Adekunle commended Oba Adetunji for his comportment “in spite of provocations.” He pledged the support and solidarity of all the family compound leaders, who came to visit the monarch.

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