The Olubadan of Ibadan Land Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Oguguniso 1st says some of his High chiefs are not having teachable spirit, hence putting a letter meant for Olubadan in the public domain before it eventually gets to him is indicative of their tacit lack of royal etiquette.
Olubadan while reacting to a letter purpotedly written by the Olubadan in council and made available to newsmen in Ibadan before receiving it at 2.45pm on Monday 3rd February, from Kamoru Liasu, the secretary, Olubadan-in-Council described their actions as inappropriate.
He said the High chiefs reffering to themselves as members of Olubadan-in-Council shows absurdity unbecoming of High Chiefs of Ibadanland.
The stament read “We should not have dignified you with a reply if not for your fruitless but desperate effort to absolve yourselves from the damage you collaborated with the immediate past Administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi to inflict on our traditional patrimony. What you did in the name of chieftaincy review along with that administration was equivalent of coup calculated to disrupt the smooth flow of Ibadan chieftaincy system. Unfortunately for you, the coup failed.
As the Olubadan of Ibadanland, I do not carry out the statutory duties of high
chiefs nor obstruct anybody from performing his duties, but when we send out
invitations for meetings, it is you who choose which ones to attend or not. As
nature does not abhor vacuum, life continues. But it is the same invitation that
we extend to you that we also extend to other high chiefs such as Osi Olubadan,
Ekerin Olubadan, Ekerin Balogun, Ekarun Balogun and Iyalode who did not sign
your letter of grievances. Thankfully, more and more people are beginning to
Olubadan said the style complained in the palace by the High Chiefs is not in
any way different from the style elsewhere “If you are invited to a council
meeting at 11.00am and arrive at 1.30pm when the Olubadan is already seated
without prior notice of your late coming, this is indiscipline and is punishable. It
does not matter whether the offence is committed by one, two or more high
chiefs. It becomes suspect when three or four of you are coming at the same
time to the council meeting.
In the same vein, it is beyond the duty of high chiefs to set agenda for meetings, especially when there is demonstrable evidence that separate meetings have been held at Mapo before coming to Popoyemoja. So, there is nothing unprecedented in your experience with me as your leader. It is your own actions that are unprecedented. Nowhere in Ibadan history have High Chiefs ever been politically influenced to be agitating to become Oba without domain. No Oba in Yorubaland has no domain.
“As a matter of fact, we have created more enabling environment for you to
function as High Chiefs, if you would be true. So, I won’t know about the public
opprobrium to palace actions, which you talked about in your letter.
“Contrary to your opinion in the letter that the controversy generated by the
review of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration was needless, this is not true. You and I
who were members of the old Olubadan-in-Council would recall that gravity of
the reservation of Ibadan people to former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s review
and subsequent promotion of six Chiefs in Ibadan less city to crown-wearing
status. Governor Akala backed down as a concession to public outcry. But, my
son, former Governor Ajimobi who did not consult us nor rely on our
recommendation before crowning over forty has suddenly become needless,
apparently because you have benefitted from it since the ill-fated chieftaincy
review, you have placed me in a most uncomfortable situation of having to plead
with our people at social functions, especially where the police presence is not
heavy to let you stay with me because as far as they are concerned, you are a
pariah. If truth must be told, common people call you “Oba alade pali”, “Oba
alade Shoprite”, “Oba alade Sunday”. In fact, you have become a butt of jokes in
As for the appointment of the new Araba of Ibadanland which you complained
about, High Chiefs do not take part in the appointment process of Araba if you
are not part of them. It is the exclusive right of Babalawos, when they pick their
leader, they present him for ceremony and this is what you have been invited to
witness, which you spurned.
The palace added that on its part promised to look into genuine complaints if there are any.