The hope of peaceful resolution to the on-going royal tussle between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji and his high chiefs turned monarchs over the review of the 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration dimmed further, yesterday, as the paramount ruler said it was wrong for any of the new kings to think that he was sheepishly following the dictates of a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja.
This is just as the monarch disclosed that he didn’t demand any money from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the celebration of his 90th birthday.
He stated this while welcoming members of Mesiogo Movement, a socio-cultural club of Ibadan indigenes who had come to complain about the disparaging statement of High Chief Olakulehin on page 17 of the Sunday Punch of Sunday 9 September about Olubadan at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace today.
Oba Adetunji, while describing Olakulehin’s statement as misleading, very rude and verbally reckless, noted that the person who would lead him to recognise illegal crowns and cheap royalties had not been born.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the personal assistant / director of media and public affairs, Adeola Oloko.
Oba Adetunji who thanked the youths noted that decorum is a characteristic of serving and ex-service men. He regretted that despite his military background, the fellow called Olakulehin has not been displaying discipline expected of his high office.
He stated that Balogun Olakulehin remains the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rasidi Ladoja.
In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi.
Oba Adetunji stated that he was not surprised that the same Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun in the same crown-wearing camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority.
Said he “At over 80, do we need to tell Balogun Olakulehin that you can make your point without insulting your elders?
Oba Adetunji who warned the crown-wearing Baales not to use the Ibadan Traditional Council crisis to illegally install chiefs without the consent of the Olubadan stated that every illegality committed today would be taken up and dealt with according to law some day.
Oba Adetunji who advised the youths to embrace the spirit of excellence and hard work, saying it is profitable, stated that he became a millionaire at age of 30.
“Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it. So, where was Mr. Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America, I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English.
“He stated that he would forever be grateful to God for using him to discover so many talents and promoting them to stardom, namely King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Alayeluwa Sulaimon Alao Malaika, the late Dauda Epo Akara, Asanat Omo Aje, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Waheed Larondo and Iyanda Sawaba to mention but a few, adding no pauper can become Olubadan.
“He stated that he demanded no kobo from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his 90th birthday as wrongly insinuated by Balogun Olakulehin adding both the young and old should guard thier utterances.
“In thier remarks the President and Secretary, Mr. Adegboyega Aderemi and Abiola Olaogun hailed the first monarch for his display of maturity and call on the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to call the rude high chief to order in order not to set Ibadan ablaze.”