The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, on Tuesday said he has no objection to the return of his embattled high chiefs to the palace once they remove their illegal crowns. Reacting comprehensively to the statement credited to the embattled chiefs, the Olubadan in a statement signed by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko stated that,“There is nowhere in Yorubaland where two kings sit inside a palace, adding it is always the king and his chiefs. Apart from violating our customs and tradition, there is no law that backs the wearing of illegal crowns in Ibadanland. When the high chiefs say their efforts to resolve the crisis have been frustrated, what they do not tell the unwary public is that Olubadan should approve through the back door the crowns that the court has out rightly rejected.”
Oba Adetunji stated that the high chiefs exhibited little or no knowledge of our custom and tradition when they accused him of installing Mogajis and Baales without recourse to them. According to him, “Section 22 (2) of the Chiefs Law, Cap 28 Law of Oyo State 2000 makes the Olubadan the rescribed and consenting authority on all chieftaincy matters in Ibadanland, the first class monarch argued that the Olubadan-in-Council is merely an advisory council without any power whatsoever.
“If anybody should be castigated for denigrating our institution, it is the embattled high chiefs with the inordinate ambition to become monarch without domain that should examine themselves. It is those who commit the crime against Yoruba customs and tradition and do not repent that deserve to be castigated. It is those who run away from the palace and turn round to say they are not carried along. It is those who flagrantly disobey court orders. It is the chiefs who are sent to represent the Olubadan at the Local Government Traditional Councils but seize Olubadan’s salaries that have violated our customs and tradition.”