As the coronation of 32 new obas in Ibadan takes place today, at a ceremony slated for Mapo Hall in the heart of the city, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has distanced himself from the event saying it has become politicised because party members are mobilising for the event.
The Olubadan also rejected his role at the event as the Father of the Day as being advertised through the mass media, warning that the occasion does not enjoy his blessing.
Oba Adetunji made this known in a statement signed and released in Ibadan by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko.
Oba Adetunji further hinted that there are two pending suits before competent courts of law, and wondered at the rationale behind the rush to organise the ceremony at this point in time.
It is recalled that the Oyo State Government had on Friday issued letters of conferment of Oba ship on 21 chiefs in Ibadan, just as it announced that their coronation will hold today.
The government explained that its decision was in line with the provisions of the recently amended 1959 Declaration of Olubadan and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland as well as the government White Paper as conveyed in Government Gazette No 14, Notice 27 Vol. 42 of 23rd August 2017 and Gazette No. 15 Notice 28 Vol. 42 of August 24, 2017 respectively.
The government stated that the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, exercised his powers as conferred on him by section 28(i) Cap. Vol 1 of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 and the amended 1959 declaration.
According to the statement from Mr Oloko, “Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has stated that he has no hand whatsoever in the proposed coronation of High Chiefs slated for Sunday 27/08/2017 at Mapo Hall by the government of Abiola Ajimobi and that his name being bandied around in some quarters as the Father of the Day at the occasion does not enjoy his blessing.