The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, yesterday, chided the Ibadan Traditional Council for their failure to support the cause for elevation of high chiefs to beaded crown monarchs after the installation of the first Olubadan in December 1976.
Oba Adeyemi said this at the presentation of official cars by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to the newly installed Ibadan monarchs, which was held at the Governor’s car park, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The monarch said: “I fought for the promotion of the Oyo State Obas till they were crowned kings in many areas of the state and I know what we, Obas, go through in our day-to-day administrative activities in our domains. It was only Ibadan that declined to be crowned then, but we eventually achieved that.
“When we eventually crowned the Olubadan of Ibadan on the 7th December, 1976, there was opposition and I told them of the 6th of June 1886 Treaty that gave the Olubadan more recognition than others. Today’s gesture, therefore, brings to fore, the struggle for the recognition and honour for the traditional institution and we are grateful for this.”
Oba Adeyemi further noted that traditional rulers in the state have not been receiving their dues since the time of late Chief Bola Ige, whom he said, bought vehicles for their use till the presentation administration in the state started doing the same.