Nine members of the Olubadan-in-Council in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, will not attend the conferment of a traditional title on the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji. The nine members of the council, who have been crowned kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said they were neither involved in the decision nor invited to attend the ceremony. Shittu will be installed the Fiwajoye Agbaakin of Ibadan.
Speaking on behalf of the council, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, who is also the Balogun of Ibadan, said: “It is a mere honorific chieftaincy title. On the implication, it will only not be as interesting as it should be. As far as we are concerned, he (Olubadan) is acting alone because we are not invited to the ceremony. We don’t know anything about the installation ceremony and we won’t be there.” The Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan, Mr Adeola Oloko, confirmed that the monarch will honour the minister with the title on Friday. Asked if members of the council were invited, Oloko said: “They are free to come.”