Today, the Olubadan-in-council popularly known as High Chiefs became Obas.
Certificate to that effect was handed over to them by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Alli Olalekan, at a well-attended event which took place at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.
An informed source told Insideoyo.com that the iwuye would come up on Sunday at Mapo by 12 noon.
Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, had described the purported outcome of of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the review of the existing 1957 Declaration of Olubadan of Ibadanland and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland, headed by Justice Akintunde Boade (retd) set up by the Oyo State government, “as a joke carried too far.”
The traditional ruler stated last Tuesday, in a statement issued and signed by his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko and made available to journalists in Ibadan.
The Commission of Inquiry had submitted its report to the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan on the recommendation of a 32-beaded-crown-wearing Obas in Ibadan while the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, will maintain his status as the paramount ruler of the ancient city.
This is coming few hours after Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was thrown into mourning as the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, Dr. Femi Olaifa dead.
A source who exclusively confirmed the story to insideoyo.com, said Olaifa passed on at University College Hospital, UCH, last night.
His death has not be announced.
Late High Chief Olufemi Olaifa was part of the chiefs elevated by Oba Saliu Adetunji Ajeogungunniso in May 2016, as part of his first assignment as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland in accordance with Ibadan chieftaincy law system.
He was promoted from Osi Balogun to Otun Balogun of Ibadanland.
Others promoted were high Chief Owolabi Olakunlehin who moved from Otun Balogun to Balogun of Ibadanland; High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola took a step from Asipa Balogun to Osi Balogun of Ibadanland; High Chief Solomon Adabale from Ekerin Balogun to Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland among others.
Oba Adetunji was the Balogun of Ibadanland until March 4, 2016 when he was coronated as the new Olubadan, after the demise of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade who joined his ancestors on January 19th this year at the age of 101.