Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has reacted to the controversy surrounding the emergence of the new Olubadan stating that the Ibadan traditional institution must revert to its original concept of installing leaders.
He also warned that this should be the last time there will be controversy concerning the title.
Makinde said this on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1 at the palace located in Popo Yemoja area of Ibadan.
“I and the entourage of the Oyo State Government are here to identify with you and the family.
“I have heard enough on the controversy surrounding who or who is not next to be installed as Olubadan of Ibadanland and other narratives around the matter. So, let me state it clearly that Ibadan’s traditional institution must revert to its original concept.
“The issue of kingship in Ibadan is clear. This should be the last time there will be controversy on the next person who will ascend to the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland,” the governor said.
The governor also spoke concerning the integrity of the late monarch. He said that a royal and befitting burial will be done.
“Baba stood for truth. Baba looked at power in the face and spoke the truth to power concerning the issue of the traditional institution in Ibadan.
“The history of Ibadan traditional institution cannot be completely narrated without acknowledging what Baba stood and fought for. So, we have come here today to say we are with you. What we can do as children is to give Baba a royal and befitting burial and, as a government, we will do just that. The burial is our burial and it is the state’s burial,” Makinde added.
He assured all indigenes that his administration will only carry out what the late Olubadan stood for, saying that he would “do what is right to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution of Ibadan land”.
The son of the late monarch, Dr. Abdul Raheem Adetunji, in response, appreciated the governor and his entourage for the condolence visit.