Olubadan Says 21 New King Crowned By Governor Are Wearing Carton Crown |RN

                Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has described the crowns given to the 21 new kings in Ibadan as ones made of carton.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs to the monarch, Adeola Oloko after the monarch received members of the Council of Authentic Ibadan Mogajis who paid him a solidarity visit at his palace on Tuesday.

The monarch said that he waited for 40 years before he was made a king, urging the high chiefs who were crowned king by the state government to wait for their turn to become kings.

He said, “I started as a Mogaji. I was moving step by step before I assumed the throne after 40 years. I thank God for that. We must all love one another. If you love yourself and hate others, your purpose of love is nothing. I was called by the elders of my family to come and become a Mogaji more than 40 years ago. I rejected it and for three years, they were persuading me.

“In trying to convince me, the representative of my family told me that it could be that one day I would become a king. I then accepted it and became the Mogaji of my family. I waited on God and he made me a king.

“Those who were crowned a few weeks ago know within themselves that they are wearing fake crowns, it is just a carton crown. I began my journey more than 40 years, why can’t they wait for their turn. If you don’t wait for your turn, you will be on the wrong side of destiny.”

The king also chided some Ibadan elders who allegedly said that he consented to the move by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to crown new kings in the city.

The statement added, “The Olubadan described as untrue and unfounded the statement credited to a group of Ibadan elders that Kabiyesi had consented to the controversial chieftaincy review embarked upon by the Oyo State Government resulting in the controversial crowning of 21 new kings.

“Oba Adetunji stated that the elders should not mislead Ibadan people into believing what he did not say, as what he said was that Governor Ajimobi, over whom they had come to plead, was his son and that he would not want a third party intervention over the matter. The Olubadan said for the avoidance of doubt, his opposition to the elevation of high chiefs to kingship status without domain remained the same.

“The Olubadan said that he could not see how he would bless the high chiefs who had refused to wait for their turn before stepping forward to take crowns from the government, contrary to our tradition and custom.

“The king said that the same Ibadan Elders’ Forum stoutly opposed the former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s move to elevate six baales in their letter dated April 24, 2009. On page two of that letter titled, ‘The composition of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs’, signed by Ambassador Olu Sanu and Onaolapo Ajibola, they stated, “The (Ibadan Chieftaincy) system had worked for ages and ensured peace and stability in Ibadan land and the forum would therefore not want the government to tamper with the system in order not to create confusion and ill feeling.’

“The first-class monarch has, therefore, urged the Ibadan elders to stop contradicting themselves and creating confusion for peace and progress of Ibadan land.”

Meanwhile, the Mogajis opposed to the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan, said at a press conference held on Tuesday that the approach of the government in rushing the process and performing the coronation on a Sunday showed that the government probably had other motives beyond what was said to the people.

The conference was held with a heavy presence of policemen at the venue and roads leading to it. After the conference, the Mogajis moved to the Olubadan palace in a long convoy.

In a press statement signed by a former deputy governor of the state, Azeem Gbolarumi, who is the Mogaji Olugbesan family in Agbokojo area of Ibadan, titled, ‘Political onslaught on Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy declaration: Threat to unity and monolithic structure in Ibadan land,’ the group stated that the white paper released by the government on the review was an attempt to distort history, culture and monolithic tradition which was unique to Ibadan land.

The group faulted crowning of baales, who are under the Mogajis, and high chiefs. It described the move as an erosion of the authority of the Olubadan as the prescribed authority over minor chiefs in accordance with sections 5 and 22 of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State 2000. The group said that the power given to the Olubadan by the white paper was like ‘a bull dog without teeth to bite.’

“It is our prayer that the Oyo State Government rescind and reverse the decision and maintain the status quo ante bellum, a position before the creation of hostilities by the Oyo State Government. The high chiefs that were promoted have no territorial governance and cannot exercise the right of oba-ship. No socioeconomic development can be associated with a warrant oba.

“It is a creation of political expediency. There is no authority to be exercised over a particular territory, in other words, no legitimacy can be conferred on them by the citizens, thus negating the principle of ruler and subject. Any government that is trying to lure chieftaincy matter into political manoeuvring in whatever guise is igniting a Pandora box of violence full of gunpowder, capable of exploding any time.”

At the king’s palace, Gbolarumi said Ibadan people only wanted a reversal of the decision as only the Olubadan and his chiefs had the authority to do what the government did.

He said, “What the Ibadan people are asking is that the government should revert to the original chieftaincy system in Ibadan land. If there is anything that will change it, the Olubadan-in-Council should preside over such matter. It is a declaration and not chiefs laws.

“A government cannot sit in the morning over declaration matter and make people king in the evening. In the whole of Yoruba land and Nigeria, it is not heard that a government will enthrone people as king. The people must decide who will be their king through a traditional system.

“Anyone crowned by a government should know that he is not wearing an original crown. In Yoruba land, a king is not chosen in the way this government has chosen those kings. Why must we deceive ourselves? Even if the government has a good intention, the way it has approached this matter will make the people believe that it has an ulterior motive.”

The Coordinator of the group, Abdul-Jelil Adanla, who is the Mogaji Adanla, said that the visit to the king was also to let him know that the Mogajis were with him. (

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Monarch Superiority: Obas Council Gives Olugbo Four Days To Recant Statement

                             The Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Obateru Akinruntan

Femi Makinde and Samuel Awoyinfa

The Secretary General, Council of Yoruba Obas, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, has described the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, as a rabble rouser and an attention-seeking monarch for declaring himself as the leader of all Yoruba Obas.

Olugbo had while speaking at an event in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Sunday, said, “I am the leader of all obas in Yorubaland. I speak with thunder in my mouth and I make bold to say so. No one is above me in Yorubaland inasmuch as it has been accepted that we are from Ife. I am the one that Oduduwa met at Ife. We are the husband of Moremi Ajasoro. Anyone who wants real Yoruba blessing should approach me. I am the one bestowed with the power.”

Asked which of the various historical accounts of Yoruba land was authentic since his own version was the latest in the series, the Olugbo said his account was most accurate.

The Oba said, “People should face the truth. My account of the history of Yoruba race is the most accurate and authentic. I have published a book on it already. Like I said, Oduduwa met my people in Ife. Don’t mind my critics who use Facebook to abuse me. The truth is that many of them are children of slaves.

“They don’t want the true story of their fathers to be told. Slaves don’t want history to be told. I am bold because I am not a son of a slave. My book is there. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has accepted the book as the authentic history of the Yoruba race. I am about to publish another book on the same subject.”

But Oba Adedapo, who is also the Olojudo of Ido Osun, said the Olugbo’s claim was untrue.

Adedapo  said this while speaking with one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Monday in his reaction to the claim of the Olugbo.

Oba Adedapo said no one could rewrite history of the Yorubaland now in order to suit his purpose, saying the Ooni of Ife remained the leader without any controversy.

Oba Adedapo, who is also the Coordinator, South-West Council of Traditional Rulers, said the late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, was  highly instrumental to Oba Akinruntan’s ascension to the throne.

He said, “Oba Akinruntan is an attention seeker. He is a rabble rouser, he deserves no response but some people especially outside the country may tend to believe his claim if he is not corrected.

“His utterance is part of royal rascality we are talking about. Does he want to rewrite history or what? Nobody can rewrite history. The late Ooni Sijuwade made it possible for him to become the Olugbo.

“He must withdraw that statement within the next 96 hours which is four days. What he is saying is abominable in Yorubaland.”

The monarch said Olugbo was not part of the 54 Yoruba Obas with original crown, saying he was using various tactics to draw attention to himself.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, when contacted on the supremacy claim by Olugbo of Ugboland, was said to have travelled to Lagos.

His media aide,  Baaroyin Lai Labode, said the monarch was out of town.

He said he would need to brief him on the issue when he returned from the trip.

He said, “Kabiyesi has travelled to Lagos, and until he returns. I need to talk to him on the issue, whether or not he will want to comment on it.”

Also, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, said he would not comment on Olugbo’s claim.

The personal assistant/media aide to Oba Olugbenle, Bolaji Leigh, while reacting to the issue on behalf of the monarch, said, “Good day my brother, Kabiyesi will not comment on that.”      (

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