With all set for the mass coronation of the 32 new Obas in Ibadan today, the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has declared that he would boycott the coronation ceremony.
Oba Adetunji, while distancing himself from the mass coronation of the 21 new Kings slated for Sunday at Mapo Hall by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, said that he has no hand whatsoever in the proposed coronation, adding that his name being bandied around in some quarters as the father of the day at the occasion does not enjoy his blessing.
The monarch’s declaration was contained in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Adeola Oloko, yesterday.
The statement reads: “I have said it for the umpteenth time that I am opposed to the chieftaincy review and its recommendations as the process for such exercise has not been followed.
“Therefore, I cannot see how, as being advertised in some media houses, I could possibly play a fatherly role in an exercise that I have not endorsed.
“Besides, as the father of Ibadan indigenes irrespective of political and ideological persuasion, I cannot attend an occasion where local government executives of one political party have been sending text messages to the party members in Ibadan land to mobilise for the event as if it is a political rally.
“So, as the prescribed and appointing authority on Ibadan chieftaincy matters, I consider, until otherwise reversed, that any conferment of crowns on anybody is an exercise in futility.”
“More so, it is going to be contemptuous for anybody to attend that programme as there are two suits that are yet to be determined before the court.”
“Also, where is the humanity of the organisers of this programme when Ibadan land is still mourning the passage of the Otun Balogun, High Chief Dr. Femi Olaifa, who was one of them until Thursday August 24?”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in a report, said that Ajimobi, last Friday, presented letters of conferment of obaship titles to 30 out of the 32 obas recommended by the Justice Akintunde Boade (rtd) led Judicial Panel of Enquiry on the review of 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration.
The Boade-led panel had on August 18 submitted its report recommending 11 Olubadan High Chiefs and 21 Baales to wear beaded crown in Ibadan but Olubadan had kicked against the review, saying he was not in support of it.