Ibadan Obas surrender to Olubadan, drop crowns

The new 21 obas in Ibadan land have dropped their crowns thereby surrendering to the supremacy of Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde gave the hint of the reconciliation between the Olubadan of Ibadan Oba Saliu Adetunji and his high chiefs during his welcome address at the at the ongoing South West security meeting at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

The High Chiefs appeared as part of the entourage of the monarch to the Southwest security summit wearing their normal caps and not their crowns and they sat two lines behind the Olubadan as members of his entourage.

Those present include: the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Asipa Olubadab, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; the Asipa Balogun, High Chief Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe; the Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade and the Ekarun Balogun High Chief Adegbola.

The joint public appearance came two years after they went their separate ways following the crowing of members of the Olubadan-In-Council in 2017 by the immediate past Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The new obas had boycotted the palace since their crowning due to the Olubadan’s opposition to their elevation by the governor.

Though both parties indicated a willingness to reconcile while the crisis lasted, the Olubadan insisted that the only condition for reconciliation was for the new obas to drop their crowns and wait for their time to ascend the throne of the Olubadan in line with the custom.

But the obas also stood their ground, stressing that their crowning was already gazetted by the state government.

The appearance of the ex-obas with Olubadan at the security summit, however, indicated that they have surrendered to the Olubadan.

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