Ibadan Indigenes Back New Obas as Ladoja Says He Remains Olubadan-in-Waiting, If…
Ninety per cent of Ibadan indigenes at home and in the Diaspora are in support of last Sunday’s mass coronation of Ibadan high chiefs and some Baales (village heads) to their new-beaded crown-wearing status by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) has said on Tuesday.
Criticisms have continued to trail last Sunday’s traditional exercise, as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, did not only dissociate himself from the elevation of the chiefs but had also staged a roadshow last Monday around the Ibadan metropolis to display to Ibadan indigenes and residents alike that he remains the “only consenting authority on Ibadan chieftaincy system.”
But addressing a press conference on the perceived misgivings over the crowning of the new Obas in the city, the CCII President General, Chief Yemi Soladoye, said there was a history of chieftaincy reforms dating back to the 19th century in the city, noting that the flawless succession system in Ibadan was the result of several reviews.
According to Soladoye, high chiefs who have been elevated to the position of kings in Ibadan have always been accorded the status of second class kings by the state government.
He stated that the new kings had no domain, meaning that Ibadanland remains under the Olubadan authority.
He said: “The CCII wishes to confirm that the change that has just taken place was desired, initiated, supported, applauded and appreciated by the generality of Ibadan indigenes worldwide.