Ibadan King’s Men back reconciliation on chieftaincy crisis
A socio-cultural group of Ibadan intellectuals, called The Ibadan King’s Men (Egbe Bobaselu), has welcomed the current reconciliation efforts to resolve the misunderstanding generated by the crowning of 21 new kings in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, five months ago.
In a statement at the weekend after its meeting, the group’s spokesman Dr. Adams Olufemi Akewula said members of The Ibadan King’s Men were happy about the resolve of the parties to end the crisis.
But Akewula noted that “such reconciliation should respect Ibadan Native Laws and tradition wherein the Olubadan remains the only recognised Oba of the city”.
Akewula said members reviewed the current peace moves, spearheaded by an elder statesman, Dr. Lekan Are, with members from the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), religious leaders, opinion moulders, Ibadan elders as well as some mogajis (family heads) and expressed confidence in the composition of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC).
The varsity don described as unfortunate the backlash that followed the crowning ceremony by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, adding: “All the people involved should retrace their steps now for enduring peace and tranquillity of the city.”
He lauded the concern shown by prominent Yoruba obas on the matter, as well as the efforts of the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams.
Akewula said: “The Ibadan King’s Men are lovers of peace but will not welcome any reconciliation that will downplay the place of Olubadan and any ulterior motive at rewriting the chequered history of the land for selfish and political reasons”.
The group lauded the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, for displaying rare royal maturity in his conduct and peaceful disposition since the crisis broke out.
It said: “If not for the matured manner with which Kabiyesi has taken the matter, the city would have been embroiled in a needless blood-letting.”
The Ibadan King’s Men sought the support and cooperation of the indigenes for the frontline monarch to succeed on the throne of his forefathers so that history would be kind to him as the oba “who came, saw and conquered”.