By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan
As the coronation of 21 monarchs by Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi continues to create controversy, some community heads popularly known as the Authentic Ibadan Mogajis yesterday charged the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji to commence the installation of new Mogajis and lesser chiefs, and the Baales to correct pitfalls created by their coronation.
The chiefs, who met at the palace of the monarch, submitted a request to the monarch to immediately commence the Ibadan monarchical system.
The spokesman of the group, Chief Wale Oladoja who is the Mogaji Akinsola of Oopo Labiran Ibadan list those in attendance at the meeting with Oba Adetunji to include the group’s Coordinator, Mogaji Adanla of Adanla compound, Chief Abduljelil Karimu; and Mogaji Abass Oloko of Oloko compound.
The others are Mogaji Fatumo compound in Oke Bioku, Chief Fatai Olanrewaju; Mogaji Akere, Chief Moshood Akere; Mogaji Aladorin, Chief Wasiu Aderoju; and Mogaji Ademola Olasomi Elekuro Ibadan.
The Mogaji title is the beginning of a long but exciting ladder that ends in the emergence of the monarch from members of the Olubadan-in-Council while the Baales are lesser chiefs nominated by the Mogajis to head different quarters of the town.
They argued that with their recent controversial elevation as monarchs, will members of the Olubadan-in-Council continue to play their roles as advisers to the paramount ruler, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
They also argued whether they will act in their new positions, as traditional rulers and not as monarchs in waiting under the leadership of the Olubadan.
These are the puzzles that will be answered soon if Oba Adetunji accedes to the request of the chiefs at the base of the succession line to the throne in the city’s unique monarchy system that the Olubadan test the waters on the exercise of his powers.
In a full swoop, the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi crowned 21 obas, made up of members of the Olubadan-in-Council and some Baales, thus making members of the council beaded obas who, according to the governor, are still advisers to the Olubadan, whom he elevated to the position of paramount ruler.
The Baales, who were below the Mogajis, are also beaded monarchs now, elevated to a higher rank than the Mogajis.
Apparently to test the waters, whether the new monarchs who are now rulers will continue to play the part of advisers to the paramount ruler, the Mogajis have asked the Olubadan to make the new appointments.
The meeting was to review the ‘current state of things in Ibadanland and more importantly (address) the present lull in the palace”.
Oladoja, a former chairman of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited, told reporters at the meeting “We have told our revered Kabiyesi that full activities must commence in the palace without further delay.
The installation of new Mogajis, Baale and Honorary Chieftaincy titles should begin now because the place of Olubadan as the Paramount ruler of the city cannot be controverted by anyone.”
He continued: “Prior to the brouhaha that trailed recent elevation or enthronement of some high chiefs and Baales by the state government, applications have been submitted to the Kabiyesi, the Olubadan by some family house stead and concerned villages to fill the vacancies existing in their domains due to the deaths of the former occupants of such positions.
“But unfortunately the Olubadan was taken unaware by the enthronement of the 21 kings and this distracted activities earlier highlighted for the passing weeks. But our palace is never a place of mourning and we (the Authentic Mogajis) felt the need to inform Baba to begin full activities in the palace by attending to all the pressing issues like the installation of new Mogajis and Baales to fill the existing vacancies.”
Asked if the Olubadan could go ahead to do so without convening the meeting of the Olubadan-In-Council which normally involved the high chiefs, many of whom are now kings, Oladoja said: “No, they cannot hold Kabiyesi to ransom because their roles in Ibadan Native Law and Chieftaincy declaration are merely advisory. Oba Adetunji remains the Paramount Ruler; the Consenting and Prescribing Authority in the land.”
On the new kings, the Mogajis said: “All the New Obas should stop parading themselves as Obas until all the pending court cases are determined.
“We use this opportunity to also advise the Oyo State government headed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to leave all traditional issues for now and concentrate more on how to make life more meaningful for the people of the state,” the Mogajis added.