Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said he has no plans of deposing the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Ajimobi, who spoke on Wednesday, said no matter the level of provocation and opposition to the recent installation of new obas in Ibadanland by Oba Adetunji, he would not depose him.
He also appealed to members of the Obas-in-Council and all other newly installed obas in Ibadanland to extend the olive branch to the Olubadan by visiting him as a way of assuring the paramount ruler that they bore no grudge against him.
The governor spoke at a meeting he held with the traditional council of the 11 local governments in Ibadanland, which are being headed by the Obas-in-Council, formerly known as members of the Olubadan-in-Council, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The meeting was also attended by senior chiefs in Ibadanland, members of the Ibadan Elders’ Forum, chairmen of the 11 local governments and 14 local council development areas in Ibadan as well as members of the state executive council.
Despite being vested with enormous powers of suspension and deposition of erring monarch as enshrined in Cap 28, Section 26 (1) of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State 2000, Ajimobi said he would not invoke such powers over the Ibadan monarch.
The section reads: “The governor may suspend or depose any chief (oba) whether appointed before or after the commencement of this law if it is satisfied that such suspension or deposition is required according to customary law or is necessary in the interest of peace or order or good government.”
Governor Ajimobi, who reiterated that Oba Adetunji was his father, said he would not do anything that would diminish his status or bring his exalted stool into disrepute.
He said: “Let me state that the existing chieftaincy law gives any governor power to remove any traditional ruler who engages in activities that can jeopardize the peace of his domain.
“I should also add that Kabiyesi, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, has of recent been engaging in certain activities that are inimical to the peace and tranquility of Ibadan.
“Only recently, Olubadan embarked on a roadshow across Ibadan, waving horsetail to bystanders in an apparent attempt to incite the people against the government.
“Such actions could have pitted the antagonists and protagonists of installation of new obas against one another.
“This is capable of plunging Ibadan metropolis into a crisis of unimaginable proportion, if not for the understanding and support of the people for the government.
“But no matter what happens, I assure you I will never depose the Olubadan.
“He remains my father.
“His palace is just being used by failed politicians, especially the Accord Party leader, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, to relaunch his faded political career.
“I hold the Olubadan and his stool in high esteem.
“This is why I will also want to beg the obas-in-council to visit Baba and mend their relationship.
“If I can’t fight the Olubadan, please you should not fight him.”
Ajimobi, who described the royal father as a good man, with liberal disposition, however, expressed the regret that he had allowed his palace to be hijacked by those he called failed politicians and serial losers.
He said their plans were not only to heat up the polity, but also to return Ibadan metropolis to the dark days when arson, violence and brigandage reigned supreme, all targeted at the 2019 general elections.
The governor added: “Reports at our disposal indicate that the crisis that had trailed the appointment of new obas in Ibadan and the gun attack on the Olubadan palace on Monday might have been masterminded by these failed politicians.
“They have taken advantage of Kabiyesi’s advanced age to carry out their nefarious activities and use the palace as the centre of opposition to the government.
“What they failed to achieve through the ballot box, they want to achieve through the back door.
“Our government is not for violence.
“We don’t encourage brigandage.
“It is people like Ladoja who have been promoting violence that were behind the attack on Olubadan’s palace.
“It was during Ladoja’s regime that gunmen shot into the late Baba (Lamidi) Adedibu’s house because of his opposition to him.
“Ladoja’s supporters caused mayhem in Akure (Ondo State) when he lost out in his bid to be endorsed as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“During his administration, even the governor’s office became a theatre of war.
“All these are on record.”
Ajimobi, however, vowed not to be intimidated by what he called Ladoja’s pull-him-down syndrome and self-centredness.
Speaking earlier, the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, expressed appreciation to the governor for the matured way he had handled the provocative activities of the opponents of the recent review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Law.
Olakulehin recalled what he called the overwhelming support members of the then Olubadan-in-Council gave Oba Adetunji during his nomination as Olubadan-designate and his eventual colorful coronation by the state government.
He, however, alleged that the foremost traditional ruler had treated them with disdain and embarked on activities that could tarnish the revered Olubadan stool.
The royal father particularly cited the “unilateral removal of Alhaja Abake Lawal as the Iyaloja of Ibadanland by Oba Adetunji” allegedly on the excuse that she was not an Ibadan indigene in spite of the opposition by the Olubadan-in-Council.
Also, the Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Gbadamosi Adebimpe, rejoiced with Ajimobi on what he called the successful completion of the Olubadan chieftaincy law review, adding that the Olubadan stool had further been elevated to the imperial status.
Adebimpe said Ladoja’s major grouse with the governor was that he had no opportunity of carrying out the reform during his own tenure as governor.
Oba Adebimpe said: “I will appeal to the citizens of Oyo State to be praying for good health and strength for the governor because of his many good intentions.
“I rejoice with him for seeing the reform through.
“He has succeeded where his predecessors have failed.
“I also want to say that the main grouse of my friend is that he was unable to carry out this reform when he was governor.
“I salute Ajimobi’s doggedness and courage.
“He has taken many valiant and commendable steps since he became governor.
“Maybe, Kabiyesi the Olubadan did not know that the governor had elevated his status by this review.
“He is also a beneficiary because he is now the imperial majesty.
“Our role now is to be enlightening the people on the many advantages of the chieftaincy review.”
PHOTO: Tanko All Smiles After Senate Confirmation As CJN
The Senate has confirmed Justice Muhammad Tanko as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
He was confirmed at plenary on Wednesday.
The Senate had earlier gone into a closed-door session over his confirmation.
The upper legislative chamber went into the session after Abdullahi Abubakar, senate leader, moved a motion for the confirmation of Muhammad.
On Tuesday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan had asked that copies of Muhammad’s curriculum vitae (CVs) be shared among the senators.
Muhammad has been occupying the office of CJN in an acting capacity since January.
He took over the office after President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Walter Onnoghen for alleged misconduct.
Please Beg Rafiu Not To Leave Me, He Should Forgive Me — Woman Who Attacks Hubby With Broken Bottles Prays Court
An Ibadan-based trader, Bushira Salawudeen, has prayed a Mapo Customary Court to plead with her husband, Rafiu, to forgive her and stop the divorce proceedings.
Salawudeen, in her short statement before Alhaji Suleiman Apanpa, the President of the court, admitted that she threatens to attacks her husband with broken bottles during arguments to silence him.
“I can’t tell you what usually comes over me. I just know that I do attack Rafiu with broken bottles.
“Please, help me beg him, I will not repeat it again,” she begged the court.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rafiu had told the court to put an end to the 23-year-old union between him and his wife on grounds of threat to life, lack of love and nagging attitude.
“For over three years now, she has threatened my life. She breaks bottles and threatens to stab me with it.
“I can’t allow her into my house again,” he told the court.
Corroborating the plaintiff’s submission, Rafiu’s sister prayed the court to dissolve the union without any further waste of time.
“My lord, I have spoken to her to drop her arrogance and act of hooliganism, but her heart is made of stone.
Delivering his ruling, Justice Apanpa noted that the court does not tolerate any act that could bring about bloodshed.
Apanpa dissolved the marriage and awarded custody of two children to Rafi’u and the one to Salawudeen.
“Rafiu shall pay N5,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to being responsible for his education and welfare.
“Rafiul shall also pay N5,000 to Bushira to enable her to move her property,” the arbitrator ordered.
Hit-And-Run Driver Kills NAN Director Two Months After Predecessor’s Death
A hit-and-run driver on Sunday killed Christian Okoro, the Head of Technical Services of the News Agency of Nigeria.
Okoro, 50, was killed around Sharp Corner area of Mararaba along the Keffi-Abuja Road while trying to cross the road to pick his car.
His death is coming barely two months after his predecessor, Mathias Ajudua, died on May 10.
An eyewitness account indicated that Okoro had gone to watch the Nigeria/Algeria AFCON semifinal encounter at a football viewing center and was on his way home after the match when the speeding vehicle knocked him down and zoomed off.
He was said to have earlier gone for his community meeting and was heading home when he decided to join some friends to watch the crucial match.
“The car was speeding, so when it hit Okoro, the impact was very heavy on him. He died instantly,” the witness told NAN.
Meanwhile, Okoro’s corpse has been deposited at the National Hospital, Abuja mortuary, while a condolence register has been opened at the NAN headquarters in Abuja.
A senior Police Officer, who confirmed the incident, described it as “saddening and unfortunate”.
“The matter has been reported to us and is being investigated,” the officer told NAN, craving anonymity.
Born on June 20, 1969 in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo Eze North Local Government in Enugu State, Okoro attended St. Theresa College, Nsukka, Enugu State before heading to the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, where he bagged a Bsc in Electrical/Electronics.
He was a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.
He joined the services of NAN on January 8, 2004, and steadily rose to become an Assistant Director, Technical Services.
He is survived by his widow, Cordelia, and four children.
The Acting Managing Director of NAN, Malam Ibrahim Mammaga, who led the management and staff of NAN to pay a condolence visit to his family, described Okoro’s death as “a huge loss” to the NAN family.
“The death of Okoro has robbed NAN of dedicated staff. Okoro was a huge asset to the agency. He has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill,” Mammaga said.
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Alhaji Abdulhadi Khaliel, Head, Administration and Human Resources Management, who also reacted to Okoro’s death, described it as “devastating and painful”.
“Okoro was a peace-loving officer, who was committed to duty and always ready to learn,” Khaliel said.
Julius Enehikhuere, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief, described Okoro as “a jolly good fellow and a committed staff who was always there for the editorial department”.
“We shall miss his team spirit and deep commitment to duty. His sudden exit is shocking to all of us. We pray God to comfort the family,” Enehikhuere said.
The agency’s Assistant Director A/HRM, Moses Uzoagba, also described Okoro’s death as “a personal loss to me”.
“Okoro, apart from being a colleague, was my personal friend. We have been together for years and I will greatly miss him,” Uzoagba said.
Another staff, Livinus Ugochukwu, said Okoro was a personal friend whose death had hit him like a thunderbolt.
“The news shocked me to my marrows; I am particularly sad because his children are still very young,” Ugochukwu said.
Kemi Olumorin, who worked with Okoro in the office, described him as “a transparent boss that was always ready to listen to his subordinates”.
“He was approachable; he had a listening ear and was a good boss. He was a very considerate leader and could feel your pains,” Olumorin said.
Okoro is the second Director of ICT to have died within the last two months.
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