Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has assured the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the chiefs and sons and daughters that he will not at any point interfere, intrude or influence any process or stage of the traditional council system.
Nigerian Tribune reports that one Governor Makinde reiterated this commitment on Tuesday during the reception to mark the installation of the 14th Iyalode of Ibadanland, High Chief (Mrs) Theresa Laduntan Oyekanmi, JP, and her 86th Birthday at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Makinde who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Honourable Funmi Orisadeyi also solicited the support of the traditional council for the progress of the state.
He said, “I pray that God grant Iyalode long life to serve the people. I want to reiterate my commitment not to interfere in the traditional Chieftaincy system in Ibadan.
“My resolve is that as your son, I am determined to support you and bring glory to our traditional system and institution.
“I also seek your cooperation in this regard. God bless our town, state and country.”
Earlier, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji offered traditional prayer on High Chief Oyekanmi for long life and fortune on the throne.
Also, dignitaries across all sectors attended the ceremony which includes High Chief Lekan Balogun, Chief Sharafadeen Alli, Chairperson, Oyo state Market Leaders’ Council, Chief Mrs Hamdalat LAWAL Iyadunni, among others.