Obaship Reform Controversy: I Will Support Any Move To Bring Peace To Ibadanland – Otun-Olubadan

By: Babs-Oluribigbe-Adeoye

The Otun-Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief (Senator) Lekan Balogun has described the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has someone who has the capacity to govern the state.

Speaking with Westernlifenews in his residence, Oba Balogun noted that with the experience of the governor as an engineer of repute and successful businessman, Oyo state is in safe hand.

He however advised the governor not to allow anybody with selfish interest to misguide him politically.

On the lingering issue over installation of other traditional Obas within Ibadan metropolis, Otun-Olubadan insisted that the reform, which elevated the high chiefs’ to become the crown wearing Obas was for the good of Ibadan as a cosmopolitan city and its people.

He added that that the reform carried out by the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi was in the best interest of the state in general and Ibadan in particular.

According to him, neighbour cities like Lagos, Abeokuta parade several obas, and Ibadan, ought not to be different, yet he added even at that, the paramountcy of the consenting authority still remain intact.

High Chief Balogun said when the former governor announced the reform at the initial stage, the Olubadan-in-council kicked against the decision but later, when  Ajimobi called them to a meeting, and apologised and explained the reason for his action, the Olubadan-In-Council, saw reason in his decision.

He recalled that the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and every member of the Olubadan-In-Council attended the meeting except the Osi-Olubadan, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, where they all agreed that the reform should be carried out.

Balogun said, it was after the Olubadan got to his palace that he had a change of minds over the issue.

According to Oba Balogun, the reform which led to the high chiefs’ elevation also led to the elevation of the Olubadan to His Imperial Majesty from Royal Majesty.

On why he and other Obas have been shunning meeting at the palace, Otun Olubadan said since the controversy over the issue arose, the Olubadan has stopped inviting him and others for meeting in his palace.

He however responded that if today, His Imperial Majesty invite him to meeting in his palace, he would attend withouit qualms.

He also maintained that he would support any action taken by anybody to resolve the issue and bring peace to Ibadan

On the future of Nigeria, the elderstateman, who described himself as a Pan-Africanist, said he would not want the country to  break, but he called to question the commitment of the present government to hold the country together

He frowned at a situation where an ethnic group will invade another and carry out wanton killing the citizens of the land..

He called on the federal government to show more commitment to governance and ensure adequate security to check the incessant kidnapping and banditry in the country.

Full interview to be published in the July edition of our sister news tabloid, Westlifemag.

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