Following a truce brokered between the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and his estranged chiefs to return to the palace as high chiefs four days ago, the high chiefs who were crowned by former governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday said they can only return to palace with their crowns as kings.
The Osi Olubadan and a former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, had in company with Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, and High Chief Amidu Ajibade parleyed Olubadan on Monday to settle their differences.
Balogun had again on Wednesday insisted there was no precondition for the truce when The Punch sought his view on the truce.
He said, “Some of the high chiefs could not attend Monday’s meeting because they had other engagements for the day.
“As I am talking to you, one of them is here right now with me. Everybody will be in attendance at the next meeting. We did what we did for peace and tranquility of our land,” Balogun said.
But on Thursday, two of them after a meeting held at the Alalubosa residence of Oba Owolabi Olakulehin in Ibadan said their new status as kings had already been gazetted which meant they were legally recognised as kings and not high chiefs.
They said unless the Olubadan and his aides recognised and addressed them as kings, they vowed never to return to the palace.
Both high chiefs; Owolabi Olakulehin and Tajudeen Ajibola who spoke on behalf of others said, those saying that they could no longer wear their crowns, were living in fool’s paradise and were being mischievous.
Olakulehin wondered why mischief-makers were making a mountain out of a molehill, saying as kings, it is not mandatory for them to wear crowns all the time they go out adding that those peddling the rumour should observe other popular kings in Yorubaland including Olubadan if it is every time they wear their crowns.
They noted that it is a fact that their status as kings has come to stay and nothing on earth could undo that. According to them, after the former governor Ajimobi who meant well for Ibadan and its people approved them as kings, the court attested to it in March 2018 when, in addition to the earlier promoted 21 kings, another 27 kings were elevated and empowered by the Chieftaincy Laws of Oyo State Cap 28, section 28(i) vol. 1.
•Source: The Punch