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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Olubadan lacks power to stop govt. from installing 32 Obas – Oyo commissioner, Bimbo Kolade




Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Oyo State, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, on Wednesday declared that the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1, lacks the power to stop the state government from executing the Olubadan chieftaincy review.

Kolade spoke at an event hosted by his friends in recognition of his contributions to the state.

DAILY POST reports that, Director, Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Adeola Oloko had described the report of the commission set up by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi to review the chieftaincy system in Ibadan land as a “joke carried too far.”

Oloko said that the Olubadan was opposed to the enthronement of 32 beaded kings, as recommended by the commission which submitted its report to the governor on Friday.

Olubadan lacks power to stop govt. from installing 32 Obas – Oyo commissioner, Bimbo Kolade

“For the avoidance of doubt, there was never a time that Olubadan supported the review embarked upon by the Oyo State Government. This was why the first class monarch did not submit any memorandum nor made any representation to the panel. When last week the panel submitted its report to the state governor, the public would vividly remember that Olubadan was not in the picture at all because he was not invited.

“Both the young and old in Ibadan know that the Ibadan chieftaincy system is not a creation of the government. It is a creation of Ibadan people. No king, no governor, no elite, no high chief has the right to tamper with the system without recourse to our people.”

But Kolade while speaking said the monarch does not have the power to stop the government.

He said “Emphatically, I will say no. Going through the Chief’s Law and declaration about the current one which was put together in 1957 and later became certified in 1959, the state government followed the processes and it is exactly the same way with what we are doing.

“It was true that originally, Baba (Olubadan) said he didn’t want another person to wear beaded crown like him in Ibadan land, but thereafter when things were better explained to him, he gave his support and went a notch further to say whatever the governor wants, he will support it as well.

“So, what is the argument in that? It is normal for people to disagree and later come back to agree. And nonetheless, the report was submitted last Friday and it will go through the normal processes before it becomes law and a declaration will be made”.





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