Ibadan 21 Obas: Our Crowns Were Just Fashion – Balogun
As expected, reactions will continue to trail the court judgment that declared the review of the Olubadan chieftaincy system as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.
The implication is that the 21 Ibadan kings installed by Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi will have to lose their crowns barely five months after ascending their 'thrones'.
But one reaction that catches attention is coming from one of the beneficiaries of Governor Ajimobi’s generous distribution of a whopping 21 crowns.
He is the most senior among the 21 crowned kings, High Chief Lekan Balogun.
He said there is little to say about the judgement since it was the government who did the reform.
"Let me tell you, there are a lot unknown to people about the reform. Things are still the same. Nobody is usurping the throne of Olubadan.
“The crown given to us were just fashion. But we will wait till the state government comes out with its position on the matter."
The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High chief Rasidi Ladoja, is the man who challenged the governor’s action in court.
For him, the ruling is no victory for him nor defeat for Governor Ajimobi but victory for Ibadan people and an assurance for the traditional institution all over the state.
"The plan was to ensure that government will be appointing subsequent Olubadan but the court ruling has truncated that.
“And other kings in the state can now be rest assured that government cannot just wake up one day and dip its hand in issues of chieftaincy in the state."
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