Olubadan Chieftaincy System Must Revert To Original Concept, Says Makinde


    By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan 

    The controversy trailing who becomes the next Olubadan, after the demise of Oba Saliu Adetunji was on Tuesday laid to rest as Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared that Ibadan traditional institution must revert to its original concept.

    He stated this at the Popoyemoja, Ibadan residence of the late Olubadan, when he led government delegation to commiserate with the family of the deceased and the indigenes of the famous city.

    Makinde, who maintained that Ibadan chieftaincy is very transparent, said this would be the last time such controversy would occur on the highly revvered Ibadan stool.

    The governor, therefore, assured all Ibadan indigenes and friends of the city that his government would support what the late Olubadan stood for on the traditional institution.

    Makinde, who extolled the virtues of honesty and friendliness of late Oba Adetunji, said the monarch would be accorded a royal and befitting burial.

    Speaking on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the foremost traditional ruler, Dr Raheem Adetunji appreciated Governor Makinde for the visit.

    Since the demise of late Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Ibadan succession process had been subjected to controversy following the reform instituted by former governor of the state, late  Chief Abiola Ajimobi.

    Ajimobi had upgraded some members of the Olubadan-In-Council to Obaship position, a move that has not gone well with many people.

    Oba Lekan Bologun, as the Otun Olubadan had been endorsed as the next Olubadan, a development that has not gone down well with the people. Balogun was one of those elevated to the position of an Oba.




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