The Mogajis in Ibadan land on Monday cautioned the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes against the proposed reformation of Olubadan and chieftaincy system in Ibadan.
Chief Wale Oladoja, the spokesman of the group said the Ibadan chieftaincy system and more importantly Olubadan-in-council is self-regulated as attested to by the CCII itself.
In a telephone conversation with PUNCH, he queried the statement credited to the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes.
He said, “Why the ambiguity in their statements and what did they intend to achieve with the proposal? The CCII should busy itself with how to complete the modern palace for the Olubadan. Besides, I have yet to receive a copy of the CCII constitution that gives such power to the body.
“The president, Chief Yemi Soladoye, is my friend and I have called his attention to it but he seems unperturbed. The CCII is being misled. They should face what will benefit the people of Ibadan.
“And I wish to call on the state governor and our brother, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to caution them. I equally use this medium to call on Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ajeogungunniso I, not to worry himself about the statement. We have many issues to be addressed than continuous dabbling into the obaship and chieftaincy system in Ibadan,” Oladoja said.
The CCII, an umbrella body of all Ibadan sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora, had suggested reforms capable of dignifying the obaship and chieftaincy system in the city.
A statement by the body on the need to formalise some practices in the chieftaincy system of Ibadan land, jointly signed by the CCII President, Chief Yemi Soladoye; its legal adviser, Kunle Ishola, and the publicity secretary, Ademola Alabi, said “the CCII as a proactive body has discovered the need to immediately address issues especially in the face of some recent events in our traditional system in order to continue to protect the homogeneity of our city.”