Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has incurred the anger of Ibadan traditional institution for allegedly referring to the wife of Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, as his emissary before she got married to the monarch.
The family Heads (Mogajis) of Ibadan land, led by Chief Olawale Oladoja (Mogaji Akinsola compound), reacting to the statement by the governor on a radio programme, said the governor had disrespected the Olubadan throne and the Ibadan people.
Oladoja said: “we wish to respond to the governor’s broadcast over the Olubadan issue and coronation of some chiefs. We are a law-abiding people and we have gone to court over the issue. We are sure that they have the Ministry of Justice in the state government who interprets the law for the executive.
“The governor said in the broadcast that he used to send the present Olubadan’s wife to his (governor) girlfriend. That is an insult on the Olubadan throne and Ibadan people even when the event dated back many years. The woman in question is now an Olori. We are giving him (governor) a seven-day ultimatum to withdraw the statement.
“He has about 19 months more to spend as governor of the state after which he will become a former governor. He should realise that whatever we do today will become history tomorrow. If during your tenure you destablise the Ibadan custom despite being our brother, you will come back to meet it that way.
“We expect the state governor to know more on this issue and we also want the people to be aware that what we are fighting for concerns the traditional institution and progress of Ibadan land. We cannot be intimidated by anyone on this issue.
“We have nothing against the personality of Ajimobi as an Ibadan son, but we will never fold our arms and allow an individual or government to rubbish the custom of Ibadan land.” [myad]