Youths protest against plan to install 32 monarchs in Ibadan

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Some youths have protested against plan by the Oyo State government to install 32 beaded monarchs in Ibadan, the state capital.

This followed the recommendation at the weekend, by a panel headed by Justice Akintunde Boade to review the traditional institution.

The youths, under the aegis of Integrity Youths of Ibadanland, said installing new monarchs would cause generational damage and the cherished unity among Ibadan sons and daughters.

Led by their president, Ojekunle Wasiu, the youths said if adopted, it would destroy the orderly, peaceful and self- reforming traditional system, which had endeared the city to other states in the southwest.

The panel had recommended that new monarchs be installed with the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji becoming the paramount ruler of the ancient city.

The monarch expressed disappointment over the recommendations, insisting that the status quo must be maintained.

The Guardian leant that many of the high chiefs in the city have given their support, as Governor Abiola Ajimobi promised to implement the recommendation next month.

According to the youth leader: “This recommendation would be highly counter-productive. We are urging the state government to have a rethink on the matter to forestall future conflict.

“The government should do the needful by conducting local council poll, which is the only way that people at the grassroots can benefit from development, rather than the installation of more kings.”

The youths cautioned the government not to compare the Ibadan chieftaincy system with other towns or cities in Yorubaland.

They called on all Ibadan sons and daughters across the world to avert future crises.

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