…as Olubadan shuns central praying ground
By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following the non acceptance of the beaded crown monarch status conferred on a former governor of Oyo State and the Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said that he could not stop the high chief from becoming the Olubadan of Ibadanland if it was the wish of God.
The governor made this known on Friday, while speaking with newsmen after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers, held at the Agodi Muslim Praying Ground, Yidi, Agodi, Ibadan.
While describing the Olubadan as his father, Ajimobi reiterated that he would never do anything that would be against the person and office of the Olubadan, but accused some individuals of using political intents to meddle in between himself and the royal father.
Ajimobi who noted that he was sure people would understand better in the nearest future, what his government is doing, stressed that he was not reforming the chieftaincy laws so as to become an Olubadan because he would never be one since it is only God who destined those who would become an Olubadan and also made them same.
He appealed to the people of the state to shun politically minded misinformation and ignorance but always listen more carefully to positive information and see the good side of the review.
Ajimobi said: “In the spirit of the celebration I want to pray that God will continue to grant our prayers and give us more progress so that the state will not retrogress.
“I also cease the opportunity to greet our father, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, he is my father and he will continue to be, he is a good father only that some politicians are hiding under him to cause rift and misunderstanding between us. God will elongate his reign.
“I am sure people will still thank me in the future because I am doing good for Ibadan and the state. I am not interested in becoming the Olubadan and I will not be, it is only the person destined by God that becomes an Olubadan. It is God who ordains an Olubadan.”
“I also use this opportunity to greet my elder brother Senator Rashidi Ladoja who is saying it is because of him that we are reviewing the Olubadan chieftaincy laws so that he will not become the Olubadan. God will let him be an Olubadan, if he is destined to be.
“Anybody hindering the progress of his fellow human being, will also not make headway. We are not hindering him but he must not politicise the matter of Ibadan. I want to plead with him not to use his inability to secure victory in elections to influence the issue of Olubadan chieftaincy laws.
“We also want to plead with our people to always listen carefully and eschew ignorance on the matter. We are aware that some people will not understand the matter quickly but we will continue to enlighten and educate our people on the subject matter.
“May God continue to uphold Ibadan and the entire Oyo state. I know that the people who have it on mind to move the state forward God will also move such persons forward and those who have it in mind to destroy Ibadan, we leave them to God.”
Ajimobi, the Olubadan and other prominent muslim faithfuls in Ibadan use the Agodi Eid praying ground for Salah prayer every year.
But, it was a twist of event this year, as the monarch absent at the praying venue.
The monarch according to sources, was said to have observed the prayers at the Akuro Central Mosque, Popoyemoja, Ibadan in company of some Mogajis (family heads).
It would be recalled that some Mogajis (family heads) under the aegis of the Authentic Ibadan Mogajis had advised the Olubadan not to attend the Sallah prayer with the governor at the Agodi praying ground for safety reason.
The group said it was vital to think ahead because of the tension being generated by the instalment of 21 new kings by Ajimobi.
However, Ladoja on his part joined other muslim faithfuls to offer the eld-el-kabir prayers at the University of Ibadan Mosque Praying ground.
The former governor had performed the prayers as well as other muslim special occasions at the same venue in the last four years.
Earlier in his short sermon before the symbolic slaughtering of rams at the prayer ground, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Agbotomokekere enjoined the muslim faithfuls to see the celebration as opportunity to forgive those who might have done any wrong against them.
Describing the day as that of freedom and oneness, the cleric urged muslims to look away from every wrong and hurt they have against any individual, noting that God had showed them more by preserving their lives to witness another eld-el celebration.
Some of the individuals at the venue include: the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Ali; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola Akinola; Alhaji Lamidi Ajadi, Alhaji Abdul-lateef Oyelade, members of the state executive council and the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Mr. Bayo Adelabu, among other notable people.