By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—THE Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has said the proposed boycott of the conferment of chieftaincy title on Mr Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication by his estranged members of Obas-in-Council on Saturday would not stop him nor take the shine off the ceremony.
The monarch who no longer enjoys the support of nine out of 11 members of the council said this through his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Adeola Oloko in an electronic mail yesterday.
He said as far as the ceremony is concerned, it remains unstoppable and irreversible adding that he does not need the involvement and endorsement of any high chief to perform his role as Olubadan.
He was apparently reacting to a statement credited to two members of Obas-in-Council who said the monarch did not inform or invite them as required by laid down rules and regulations guiding chieftaincy matters.
The front-line monarch accused the two unnamed high chiefs of contradicting themselves by saying one thing in the print media on Wednesday and another thing on the electronic media on Thursday.
Oba Adetunji stated that he has not flouted any rule or regulation by appointing deserving individuals for title conferment as the law that affirms Olubadan as the prescribed and appointing authority on chieftaincy matters which pre-dated his ascension to the exalted throne of Olubadan has not been repealed.
He therefore urged those concerned to read the chieftaincy laws guiding the operations of Olubadan and his chiefs thoroughly and properly to discover the truth.
Olubadan also called the law enforcement agents, particularly the police to rise up to the task of providing the needed security to avoid the repeat of September 25, 2017 incident when some yet to be identified gunmen invaded the palace during chieftaincy installation.
“Secondly, a living Olubadan does not only rule, he reigns and title conferment is his prerogative according to Ibadan Native Customs and Traditions. Thirdly, we have stated for the umpteenth time that while the Olubadan is a legal personality, the Olubadan advisory council is not, as it is basically and advisory council without legal instrument whatsoever. Advice by a council could either be accepted or rejected”
“Given the contemporary situation, the advice of the council is not solicited.
On the meeting of Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi with the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan on Wednesday, Olubadan stressed that he would not in any way compromise Ibadan customs and traditions, though he acknowledged that the Oluwo visited him in his palace sometimes ago.
He stated that as the custodian of the tradition and customs of Ibadan people, he would not come short of the expectation of the people by legitimizing mushroom crowns.
He also advised that since the matter is before the court of competent jurisdiction, he would not want to say much than to thank all the royal fathers and other stakeholders that are initiating peace moves.