Chieftaincy row: Ibadan elevated monarchs drop crowns

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• Makinde, Akeredolu hail reconciliation

It followed the monarchs’ appearance on Monday as part of the entourage of the Olubadan to the ongoing Southwest security summit at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI).

The joint public appearance came two years after the monarchs and the Olubadan went their separate ways, following the crowning of members of the Olubadan-In-Council in 2017 by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The monarchs had boycotted the palace since their crowning due to the Olubadan’s opposition to their elevation.

The Olubadan argued that the state government has no right to independently elevate his chiefs.

Though both parties indicated their willingness to reconcile while the crisis lasted, the Olubadan insisted that the only condition for reconciliation was for the elevated high chiefs to drop their crowns and wait for their time to ascend the throne of the Olubadan as is the custom.

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But the elevated high chiefs also stood their ground, stressing that their crowning was already gazetted by the state government.

The appearance of the obas at the security summit yesterday, however, indicated that they have surrendered to the tough stance of the Olubadan as they wore only common caps as they sat two lines behind the Olubadan as members of his entourage.

Monday’s outing might be a silent indication that the royal rumble in the Olubadan palace has come to an end without fanfare.

On the entourage yesterday are Otun Olubadan High Chief Lekan Balogun; Asipa Olubadan High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Balogun Olubadan High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Asipa Balogun High Chief Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ekarun Olubadan High Chief Amidu Ajibade and Ekarun Balogun High Chief Adegbola.

At the meeting are also Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Olugbo of Ugbo land Oba Frederick Akinruntan; Oba of Lagos

Rilwan Akiolu and a host of other traditional rulers.

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde hailed the reconciliation between the Olubadan and his high chiefs.

He gave the commendation during his welcome speech at the ongoing security meeting.

Sighting the high chiefs without their crowns in their attendance with the Olubadan, Makinde said: “In the entourage of the Olubadan, I can see the high chiefs. I think it is a positive development in Oyo State. We are talking about security here, and I think it is part of what will help overall security of the society.”

Ekiti State Governor Olurotimi Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, also described the reconciliation as a good development.

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Updated: September 3, 2019 — 8:05 am

16 Comments

  1. I think it is part of what will help overall security of the society…………….”

  2. Tussle for power has taken even the traditional rulers. It’s so disgusting

  3. This will be the beginning of a new dawn between the Obas in Ibadan and the Olubadan himself and the people of Ibadan as a whole.

  4. I don’t really understand traditional rulers in Nigeria, it doesn’t really worth it all

  5. The government made mistake in their elevation without consulting the Olubadan of Ibadan in the first place. Now that they have settled their differences good for the region.

  6. Thanks you so much for the information about what happened in ibadan i like the update please keep it up .

  7. All I look forward to is a great and better Nigeria where Nigerians will be proud of being called Nigerians.

  8. Traditional rulers in the Yoruba land are taking more advantage and power of the people in the community

  9. This is good news.
    I hope this peace will last for the betterment of the state.

  10. peace is the answer to progress and development in this country you people have done what is expected of you

  11. whatever decisions they are taking they should do it right ,for the survival of individuals in this country

  12. There’s this pidgin saying that goes like
    Power pass power and na so authority come tey pass power

  13. The joint public appearance came two years after the monarchs and the Olubadan went their separate ways, following the crowning of members of the Olubadan-In-Council in 2017 by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

  14. Thanks for the information admin keep it up …………………………………

  15. This is humility in display.
    I do not know if this actually happens in other trubes luke Igboland, Hausa and the South south.

  16. I don’t really understand traditional rulers in Nigeria, why are decrowning others.

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