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Alaafin Reprimands Ibadan Traditional Council Over Failure to Support Elevation of High Chiefs to Beaded Crown Monarchs

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

 
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III has reprimanded the Ibadan traditional council for their failure to support the course for elevation of high chiefs  to beaded crown monarchs after the installation of the first Olubadan in December 1976 which he said, was instrumental.
Oba Adeyemi made the remark on Monday, at the presentation of official cars by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to the newly installed Ibadan monarchs, which was held at the Governor’s car park, Secretariat, Ibadan.
According to the monarch: “I fought for the promotion of the Oyo State Obas till they were crowned kings in many areas of the state and I know what we Obas go through in our day-to-day administrative activities in our domains. It was only Ibadan that declined to be crowned then, but we eventually acheived  that.”
“When we eventually crowned the Olubadan of Ibadan on the 7th December, 1976, there were opposition from the then Pain and I told them of the 6th of June 1886 Treaty that gave the Olubadan more recognition than others. Today’s gesture, therefore, brings to fore, the struggle for the recognition and honour for the traditional institution and we are grateful for this, ” Alaafin recalled.
Oba Adeyemi further noted that traditional rulers in the state have not been receiving their dues since the time of late Chief Bola Ige, whom he said, bought vehicles for their use till the presentation administration in the state started doing the same.
He used the medium to admonish the beneficiaries to reciprocate the good gestures of the government by continuing to contribute to the development of the state in their various domains.
Governor Ajimobi, while presenting the cars, recalled that the present administration in the state has elevated the status of some royal fathers to crown and coronet-wearing Obas, stressing that as an agent of change, he refused to be intimidated or perturbed in his government’s desire to further promote and modernise the institution  because of his believe in posterity that would judge him.
He hinted that upon elevation of Obas, the government has received avalanche  of applications for elevation either from Minors to Part (2) Chiefs or to Crown-wearing Obas, thus, assuring that the government would leave no stone unturned on this exclusive prerogative with consultation with relevant stakeholders.
While reminding the royal fathers who were beneficiaries of the vehicles to see the gesture of government as a charge for them to further contribute to the development of the state, Ajimobi, however, informed some critics who might want to misinterpret his endeavour as extravagant spending that the state government decided to procure these vehicles because record confirmed that there were logistics, safety and security challenges facing royal fathers in the state.
“I want to state emphatically that Oyo State being the traditional and political headquarters of the Yoruba race must continue to play the pacesetting role of elevating the status of our traditional rulers so that they will be reckoned with among the comity of the royal fathers in Nigeria,” Ajimobi added.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in the state, Mrl. Bimbo Kolade  described the event as another landmark in the history of the state,  which he said,  was aimed at enhancing the status of traditional rulers in the state.
Prominent among the traditional rulers that benefited from the cars included Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan; Oba Hamidu AJibade, Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadan; Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun of Ibadan land; Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadan; Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi and many others.

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