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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The authentic Family Heads in Ibadan (the Mogajis on Tuesday asked Governor Abiola Ajimobi led to government in Oyo state to rescind its decision and maintain the statusquo on the Olubadan Chieftaincy matters.
Addressing a press conferences at the Oyo state NUJ press centre in Ibadan, the authentic Mogajis tagged the coronation and elevation of High Chiefs and Baales to the status of Obas by the Governor Ajimobi led government as a “creation of political expediency”.
Speaking through the Mogaji Olugbesan and a former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi, the Mogajis declared that “the White paper is a manifestation of distorting history, culture and monolithic tradition unique to Ibadanland, it is unacceptable to the majority of the people of Ibadanland”.
The authentic Mogajis who are said to be the recognized by the Olubadan of Ibadanland in their paper titled “Political onslaught on Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration Threat to Unity and Monolithic Structures in Ibadanland” declared that they are not happy with the elevation of the High Chiefs without domains.
“The High Chiefs that were mootly promoted as “Oba” have no territorial governance and cannot exercise of Obaship. No socio-economic development can be associated with a warrant Oba. It is a creation of political expediency. There is no authority to be exercised over particular territory, in order words no legitimacy can be conferred on them by the citizen thus negating the reciprocatory principle of ruler and subject.”he said.
The authentic Mogajis added that it was unfortunate that the “High Chiefs were upgraded to Oba’s without domains, Obas without palace. This gave a resemblance of the colonial structures of creating warrant chiefs in Iboland. The system is characterized by imposition, oligarchy and fascism”.
“Are we going to be having Royal families in Ibadan? Impossible. Now the Otun Olubadan has been surreptitiously promoted as Oba, can he succeed Olubadan with his new Obaship without creating fractures into the traditional institution of succession and ascendacy to the Olubadan of Ibadan Chietfaincy”.
While emphasizing the need need for the Oyo state government to rescind its decision and maintain the statusquo, the authentic Mogajis said ” it is our prayer that Oyo State government rescind back her decision and maintain status quo anti bellum, a position before the creation and reviewing of the Ibadanland Chieftaincy declaration. The creation of hostilities by the Oyo State government. This is because Ibadan Chieftaincy system like any other Yoruba Chieftaincy is inextriciably contended and interwoven with land tenure.”
Cautioning that “any government trying to lure Chieftaincy matter into political manovering in whatever guise is igniting a pandora box of violence full of gunpower, calpable of exploding any time”, the Mogajis urged ” all the indigene and non indigene of Ibadan to be calm and resolute in their support of our Kabiyesi Oba Adetunji and his council members. Together we shall change for good”.