The highest decision-making organ on Ibadan traditional chieftaincy matters, Olubadan-in-Council, has decried the use of violence to protest chieftaincy disputes, saying henceforth, erring parties would face sanctions from the council.
In its emergency meeting at Oba Saliu Adetunji’s Palace, Popoyemoja, Ibadan over the weekend, the council affirmed the rights of people to lawful protests when aggrieved. However, it kicked against derogatory media campaigns against opponents and use of dangerous weapons such cutlasses and guns to protest disputes.
According to a statement signed by the Olubadan’s spokesperson, Mr. Adeola Oloko, the council members specifically referred to the recent tussle for the post of Mogaji of Akere Compound, Orita-Merin, Ibadan. The contest, between two brothers – Alhaji Moshood Gbolagade Akere and Mr. Wasiu Okunola Akere led to one person being hospitalized following the emergence of Alhaji Moshood Akere as the Mogaji.
The council condemned the gun shoot-out that trailed the appointment of Moshood Akere as Mogaji. The body also described the violence as a flagrant disobedience of authority of Olubadan adding that an insult on Olubadan or any of his representatives is an insult on Ibadanland as a whole. The council has since then urged the new Mogaji to be magnanimous in victory and his rival, Wasiu to be gallant in defeat as a chieftaincy contest in Ibadanland should not be a do-or-die affair.
They also charged the family elders who have been polarized by the contest between the duo to close ranks in order to move the family forward.
Present at the emergency council meeting were the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1, Otun Olubadan, High Chief Senator Dr. Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin; Otun Balogun, High Chief Dr. Femi Olaifa; Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Asipa Balogun High Chief Latif Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade and Ekarun Balogun, High Chief Kola Adegbola.
In another development concerning violence in the city The Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, says he will set up a committee to look into the crisis rocking the Ibadan Market Traders Association, under the leadership of the Iyaloja, Chief Labake Lawal.
The monarch who said a committee of three or four neutral people to investigate the situation would soon be constituted. The Monarch added that the proposed investigation would return peace to the marketplace and strengthen the unity and indivisibility of the traders. aggrieved parties are to submit their petitions and all relevant documents to the secretary to the Olubadan-in-Council.
The Olubadan has also removed the Baale of Oloode in Oluyole Local Government of Oyo State, Luqman Alao, from his position and replaced him with Odeyemi Dauda Olayiwola. No reason was given for his removal by the Olubadan, but it is believed that the removal is connected to allegations of high-handedness and rituals, resulting in endless litigations and security harassment from the inhabitants of the Oloode community.
It was gathered that the monarch had earlier pleaded with Alao to reconcile with his community, the efforts have failed to yield positive dividends.