By Kolawole Olayinka in Abeokuta
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on Tuesday admonished the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, to sustain the peaceful coexistence that exists between the Egbas and Ibadan people.
Oba Gbadebo said this while playing host to the Olubadan and Ibadan High Chiefs at his Ake Palace in Abeokuta.
The Alake said the relationship between the Egbas and the Ibadan people dated back to the 13th Century, saying the relationship had continued to grow without any hindrance.
“The relationship that existed between the Egbas and the Ibadan people can be traced back to 13th century, during our sojourn in Egba home stead. That relationship still exists till date.
” Historically, Iddo, Ojoo, Offa, Oje Ile, Orun, Ira, Ojokodo, Ikereku – Iwere all from Egba Gbagura, have their roots from Ibadan.
“Even though our people in Bakatari was mistakenly ceded to Ido Local Government Area in Oyo State by the then Federal Military Government during the creation of local governments.
“Ibadan made it impossible for the Fulani to be everywhere today, they stopped the Fulani’s at a place called Ote in Ilorin.
“Our noble advice to your Royal Majesty is to sustain the peaceful co-existence between the Egbas and the Ibadan people”.
He pleaded with the Olubadan to encourage and promote mutual understanding among all Yoruba Obas.
He said the challenges the country is facing presently was an opportunity for everyone to learn from it and to stop needless spending.
Earlier, the Olubadan said the visit was to appreciate the Alake for standing by him during his coronation as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan.
Oba Adetunji emphasised the need for all Yoruba Obas to unite, saying that unity among them would foster more development and growth.
WESTERN POST reports that the Olubadan was accompanied by High Chief Owolabi Olakuleyin; Otun Balogun, High Chief Femi Olaifa, Osi Balogun, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola and Asipa Ibadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole.
The Olubadan had earlier visited Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.