As the installation of new Obas in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State continues to raise controversies, the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has cleared the air on the situation, stating that his administration wasn’t first to walk “this road.”
Governor Abiola said on his Facebook page that successive governments in Oyo State have engaged in reviewing the 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Delcaration made pursuant to the 1957 Chiefs Laws and other related Chieftaincies in Ibadanland.
Ajimobi also shared colourful pictures of the coronation on his Facebook page where he crowned a total of 32 kings in the state capital, which is adjudged to be the largest city in West Africa.
“Our administration is not reinventing the wheel, we have simply, like others before us, embarked on a review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration in response to the yearnings of well meaning stakeholders, such as the Ibadan Elders Council, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and eminent Sons and Daughters of Ibadanland such as Chief Adeleke Akinyele, Late Chief Omowale Kuye, the Former Otun Olubadan, all except one member of the Olubadan-in-Council who desire to elevate the traditional chieftaincy institution in Ibadanland and position it comparably and competitively amongst other ancient Yoruba cultures who have embraced new and modern systems.
“They have been truly inspired by the words of Lidia Bastianich when she said “Today’s Innovation is tomorrow’s tradition,” the governor wrote.