Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has said that those who opposed his decision to initiate a review of the Ibadan chieftaincy system would, one day, make a U-Turn and praise him for the idea.
The review commission recommended the installation of more kings in Ibadan, leading to the coronation of 21 new kings on Sunday.
The governor, who spoke on Thursday at the opening of the rehabilitated Mobil Junction-Are-Oluyole-Wema Bank, Apata Road, expressed his unhappiness over some of the comments of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, which he said were political.
He said the monarch should place the good and future of Ibadan land ahead of other considerations.
Ajimobi said, “Those who abuse us for crowning Obas now will praise us in the future. Some have politicised the matter.
“Chief Obafemi Awolowo was then abused for introducing free education; but he was praised afterwards. I did not do the crowning of Obas for myself.
“Why do I want to hinder others from becoming what they want to be? Whoever God has destined will become whatever he or she wants to be.
“Moreover, I am not in the race to become an Oba. Many administrations since Governor McGregor have attempted changes to the Olubadan chieftaincy. It was known as Baale in the 1930s before it was known as Olubadan.
“I am not into any battle with the Olubadan, but he should dissociate himself from those with political interests.
“The Olubadan is a good father. I can’t disrespect the Olubadan; but I know there are those using Olubadan’s name to promote their interests, especially those that we have defeated politically.
“Anyone who believes in God is not interested in hindering the progress of anyone. Moreover, this honour is befitting for our kings and this event today looks more glamorous. I am glad.”