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Governor Makinde Speaks, Reveals How New Olubadan Will Emerge

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Governor Makinde Speaks, Reveals How New Olubadan Will Emerge

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday moved to lay to rest the controversy surrounding how the new Olubadan will emerge declaring that no mischief will be allowed in the process.

The Governor who spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1 said the controversies were unnecessary and will be addressed accordingly.

According to Makinde, a new Olubadan will be appointed using the “original” ascendancy system, adding that his administration will “do what is right to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution of Ibadan land.”

The declaration by the Governor comes amidst a perceived power play among the kingmakers of the land on who should be the next Olubadan following the demise of Oba Adetunji.

But a statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa quoted Makinde as assuring the people of Ibadan in particular and Oyo State in general including others that the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution would not be toyed with.

The Oyo Governor while commiserating with the family of the late monarch also revealed that his government will give the late Oba Adetunji a befitting state burial which is what he deserves.

He said, “I and the entourage of the Oyo State Government are here this evening to pay our official condolence visit to Olori and the family of our father, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, who joined his ancestors. So, this is a way to tell the family that at this moment when you are grieving for Kabiyesi leaving us, we are here to identify with you and the family.

“We are here to say that it is joint pain, as you are not the only ones feeling the passage of Baba. I pray that God Almighty will continue to be with you. And I want to assure you that there is nothing Baba has left that will be left abandoned, but instead, they will go from strength to strength.

“Today, Baba is not with us but what he stood for is with us. The history of Ibadan’s traditional institution cannot be completely narrated without acknowledging what Baba stood and fought for. So, we have come here today to say we are with you. What we can do as children is to give Baba a royal and befitting burial and, as a government, we will do just that. The burial is our burial and it is the state’s burial.

“I have heard enough on the controversy surrounding who or who is not next to be installed as Olubadan of Ibadanland and other narratives around the matter. So, let me state it clearly that Ibadan traditional institution must revert to its original concept. This must be the last time there will be controversy on who succeeds the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“As a government, I am giving assurance to indigenes and lovers of Ibadan that what Baba stood for is what I will carry through. So, whoever wants should key into it or not. We must do what is right to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution of Ibadan land.”



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