The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji on Tuesday said contrary to the notion being peddled in some quarters that the controversial approval of beaded crowns by the Oyo State government to Ibadan High Chiefs and Baales was irreversible it is reversible.
Apparently reacting to a statement credited to the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi while distributing cars to 36 traditional rulers, the monarch said “our case against the Oyo State government is very alive.’’
According to him, judgment delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki of the Oyo State High Court had declared the whole chieftaincy reform illegal, null and void.
Olubadan in a statement signed by personal assistant and media director Adeola Oloko said, “Afterwards, the Oyo State government decided to file an appeal at the Federal.
“My position is that if a case is in court, it is no longer open for discussion as this statement is automatically subjudiced. If it is not reversible, why did the two parties have to go to court?”
He also faulted the statement that the hue and cry, which greeted the controversial crowning of the traditional rulers was political, pointing out that the issue raised was customary and traditional in nature.
“My humble opinion is that the procedure for approval of beaded crowns for any chief or baale in Ibadan was not discussed at the Olubadan-in-Council level. If it was discussed, how would any of the High Chiefs bear two titles at the same time? Oba and High Chief? Abomination,” he argued.
The Olubadan who stated that while he was not opposed to provision of cars for traditional rulers by the state government, he however appealed to Governor Abiola Ajimobi to prevail upon the controversial kings to release the eleven months salaries of palace staff which they have been withholding along with Olubadan’s salary cheques, even when the allocations for traditional councils have been released.
According to him, it is to avoid breakdown of law and order in Ibadan land and beyond.
“That the Olubadan has maintained dignified silence, if the motive behind the reform was to modernize, then the reform had bred indiscipline and gangsterism,” he added.
The Olubadan recalled that one of the cases in mind was the failed attempt by “the so-called new kings, backed by the Oyo State government to under-mine the authority of the Olubadan who decreed no masquerade dance.
“Even, when all masquerades under the leadership of the Olori Alagbaa; Baale Labala and Aare Isese of Ibadan land complied with the order, the state government along with one of its commissioners went on propaganda spree, saying that Olubadan order had been disobeyed, as masquerades danced in one of the embattled high chief’s compound.
“We told them to produce the pictures on newspaper pages or television screen. Was Atipako there? Was Alapansanpa there? Was Olunlade there? Was Oloolu there?”
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