The proposal by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration in Oyo State to review the Olubadan chieftaincy law has received a boost.
Throwing their weight behind the proposal, the Ibadan Council of recognised Mogajis (compound heads) advocated for the introduction of second-class Obaship in Ibadanland, saying “this is a positive way to reduce the steps to be climbed by a prospective Olubadan.”
In their memorandum to the Secretary of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the Review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Panel, signed by the Chairman of the Council’s Succession Reform Commission, Chief John Babatunde Soares as well as Chief Asimiyu Adepoju and Chief Isiaka, insisted that “this is the only way to ensure speedy and accelerated development in Ibadanland as well as enhance the image of Olubadan stool.”
“Under the proposal, the Olubadan of Ibadanland will be the only first- class Oba and he will be addressed as His Imperial Majesty, while the High Chiefs will become second-class Obas in their administrative areas and be addressed as His Royal Majesty,” the Council added.
In the memorandum that the Abese, Maye, Ekefa, Agbaakin and Jagun will be in Otun Olubadan line and the Balogun line will comprise Abese, Maye, Ekefa, Agbaakin, Aare Alaasa and Jagun.