.By Joe Oladele, Ibadan
Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 has accused his members of Olubadan-in-Council, the High Chiefs promoted as Obas by the Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi last year as ‘begging’ for rule of self-help as against the rule of law which he and his protagonists are asking for.
The promotion of the High Chiefs to Obas status has since pitched the Olubadan against the promoted Obas following his disapproval of the reform that resulted in the elevation.
Oba Adetunji made this remark while playing host to a socio-cultural group of Ibadan indigenes, ‘Mesiogo Movement’ in his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Wednesday.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Ibadan paramount monarch, Mr. Adeola Oloko, the group was said to have come to the palace to complain about alleged disparaging media statement credited to the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.
Balogun of Ibadanland was in the media report quoted to have accused the Osi-Olubadan of Ibadanland and the former governor of the state, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja of misleading the Olubadan, an accusation described by Oba Adetunji as ‘very rude and verbally reckless’ with a caveat that the person who would lead him to recognise illegal crowns and cheap royalties had not been born.
While hailing the visiting group composed mainly of youths, Oba Adetunji maintained that the peaceful resolution should center around the Oyo State High Court judgement delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki which declared the Ibadan Chieftaincy review as unconstitutional and illegal.
According to the Olubadan, “decorum is a characteristic of serving and ex-service men, but, it is regrettable that, despite his military background, the fellow called Olakulehin has not been displaying discipline expected of his high office”, adding, “Balogun Olakulehin remains the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rasidi Ladoja.
“In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi, but, I’m not surprised that the same Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun in the same crown-wearimg camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority.
“At over 80, do we need to tell Balogun Olakulehin that you can make your point without insulting your elders”, the Olubadan queried?
Oba Adetunji used the opportunity to warn the crown-wearimg ‘Baales’ not to use the Ibadan Traditional Council crisis to illegally install chiefs without the consent of the Olubadan stressing that every illegality committed today would be taken up and dealt with according to law some day.
The Ibadan paramount monarch advised the youths to embrace the spirit of excellence and hard work, saying, “it is profitable, I became a millionaire at age of 30. Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it.
“So, where was Mr. Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America, I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English. I would forever be grateful to God for using me to discover so many talents and promoting them to stardom, namely, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Alayeluwa Sulaimon Alao Malaika, the late Dauda Epo Akara, Asanat Omo Aje, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Waheed Larondo and Iyanda Sawaba to mention but a few, no pauper can become Olubadan”, he stated.
Oba Adetunji disclosed that he did not
demand a dime from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his 90th birthday as wrongly insinuated by Balogun Olakulehin, saying, “it is the well-meaning people of Ibadan that chose to celebrate Olubadan at 90 because of what they called his steadfastness and commitment to Ibadan core values which generatioms yet unborn will not forget”.
Reacting, the President and Secretary of the group, Mr. Adegboyega Aderemi and Abiola Olaogun respectively asked the state governor, Sen. Ajimobi to call the rude Oba Olakulehin to order so as not to set Ibadan ablaze just as they hailed the first monarch for his display of maturity.