The Council of Authentic Ibadan Mogajis visited the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji in his palace on Sunday. They asked him to concentrate and perform his traditional duties and install new family head (Mogajis) and set aside the crises following the installation of 21 new Ibadan Kings by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Chief Wale Oladoja of Mogaji Akinsola compound in Oopo Labiran area of Ibadan, a spokesman for the Mogaji group, also said that they would meet with the state government concerning the appointment of 21 new Ibadan Kings. He will meet with the State Governor would rephrase his step and concentrate more on the things concerning the state and how to make the state better and conducive or the residents of the state and allow the Olubadan to do his traditional duties.
He said this because the state government took Olubadan unawares in installing the new Kings and he also expressed on how it caused a commotion in the palace and stopped the activities scheduled for the previous weeks.
The Chief spokesman said: We have told our revered Kabiyesi that full activities must commence in the palace without further delay. The installation of new Mogajis, Baales and honorary chieftaincy titles should begin now because the place of Olubadan as the paramount ruler of the city cannot be made redundant by anyone.
Prior to the problem that trailed recent elevation or enthronement of some high chiefs and Baales by the state government, applications have been submitted to the Kabiyesi, the Olubadan, by some families and concerned villages to fill the vacancies existing in their domains due to the deaths of the former occupants of such positions.
But unfortunately, the Olubadan was taken unaware by the enthronement of the 21 kings and this truncated activities earlier scheduled for the passing weeks. But our palace is never a place of mourning, and we felt the need to inform the king to begin full activities in the palace by attending to all the pressing issues like the installation of new Mogajis and Baales to fill the existing vacancies
The Chief Spokesman also said the King has the right to do what he wants to do and perform his duty as a king without the permission from the High Chiefs of Ibadan who was just elevated to the status recently.
He also added: They cannot hold the king to ransom because their roles in Ibadan Native Law and Chieftaincy Declaration are mere advisory. Oba Adetunji remains the paramount ruler, consenting and prescribing authority in the land. We also use this opportunity to also advise the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, to leave all traditional issues for now and concentrate more on how to make life more meaningful for the people of the state,
He said that the King cannot be held to ransom by the Ibadan Native Law because they are mere advisory. He stated that Olubadan, Oba Adetunji will remain the Paramount Leader, who holds the authority and affairs of the land.