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Ibadan High Chiefs make U-turn, rule out returning to Olubadan palace

The royal rumble among the Olubadan from the land of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji and some High Chiefs of Ibadan took another dimension on Thursday when the High Chiefs promised not to return to the Olubadan Palace unless they were granted due recognition as “Obas.”

GISTOK recalls that the crisis between the monarch and his bosses, who are members of the Olubadan Council, began when the former immediate governor of the state of Oyo, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, established an investigation panel to review the Ibadan headquarters statement in 2017

The crisis, which has caused the monarch and the High Chiefs to be operating from cats and mice since then, reached its peak when Ajimobi crowned and controversially installed the Chiefs on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Since then, the Olubadan and the High Chiefs have been going in different directions, the development caused several indigenous, prominent Nigerians, groups, traditional rulers and individuals, including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to request a truce on the matter.

However, the Olubadan and the High Chiefs at a recent meeting in the palace promised to resolve their differences with a statement that they will resurrect the Olubadan meeting in the Council that has ceased since the crisis began.

But the crisis, which many perceived as almost resolved, turned to a new license on Thursday when the High Chiefs led by Otun Olubadan from the land of Ibadan, Lekan Balogun and the Balogun of Ibadanland, Owolabi Olakulehin, insisted that they would only return to the country. Olubadan Palace if they are given due recognition as ‘Obas’ and not as High Chiefs.

The High Chiefs, after rising from a meeting held at the Alalubosa residence of Olakulehin in Ibadan, on Thursday, said their new status as kings had already been published, which means they are legally recognized as kings and not as high chiefs.

They insisted that they continue to avoid the Olubadan palace unless the monarch and his assistants recognize them and address them as kings.

The High Chiefs, who promised to give up any attempt to remove their Obaship titles from their names, said they don’t need to wear crowns the entire time they leave, and added that those who sell the rumor should observe other popular kings in Yorubaland. Including Olubadan if so every time they wear their crowns.

They pointed out that it is a fact that their status as kings has come to stay and nothing on earth could undo that.

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