The new 21 obas in Ibadan land who turned up for the ongoing Southwest security summit at the International Conference Centre in University of Ibadan on Monday September 2, appeared in common hats which meant they’ve reportedly dropped their crowns, surrendering to the Olubadan of Ibadan land Oba Saliu Adetunji.
The 21 Obas appeared with the Olubadan at the event two years after they were crowned by the immediate past Governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi. While the controversy lasted, the Olubadan maintained that the state Governor has no right to independently elevate his chiefs. He further stated that their reconciliation will only work out if the Obas drop their crowns while waiting for their time to ascend the throne of the Olubadan in line with the custom.
The new Obas however stood their ground, claiming their crowning was already gazetted by the state government. However the appearance of the Obas in common hats at the security summit, indicated that they have surrendered their crown. 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 were all among the Olubadan’s entourage. Commenting on the appearance of the Obas at the event, Oyo State’s Governor Seyi Makinde said it was a positive development in Oyo state. Makinde said: “In the entourage of the Olubadan, I can see the high chiefs.” I think it is a positive development in Oyo State. We are talking about security here; and I think it is part of what will help overall security of the society.”