The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji has declared that the statement blaming the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for the worsening security situation in the state and wrongly credited the Olubadan-In-Council was entirely the personal opinion of one of his High Chiefs, Lekan Balogun.
The monarch , while disowning the statement, said neither himself nor the Olubadan-In-Council made the controversial statement.
He distanced himself from the so-called meeting of Ibadan obas that purportedly faults the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on insecurity.
Oba Adetunji in a Sallah message to his people on Monday, issued by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Ademola Oloko in Ibadan noted that the most recent meeting of Olubadan-in-Council was held last Thursday to set agenda for the newly inaugurated executives of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII under the leadership of new President-General, Prince Yemisi Adeaga.
According to the first class monarch, the meeting which he presided over at Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace was not attended by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun who was credited with the media report faulting the Governor on security.
“All those who attended the meeting under reference would agree that while so many issues were discussed, Seyi Makinde was never part of our agenda.
Oba Adetunji contended that apart from the meeting of the Olubadan-in-Council, he did not attend any other meeting under whatever name it is called, and as such the opinion expressed by High Chief Lekan Balogun was entirely his personal opinion which he is entitled to, and not that of the Olubadan or his council.
He contended further that if anyone is in doubt, he could reach out for the minute of the meeting under reference. The Olubadan made it clear that right from family compound up till the different traditional councils in Ibadanland, we have consistently held security meetings and briefed appropriate law enforcement agencies as at when due.
Meanwhile the Olubadan of Ibadanland has congratulated the Muslim Ummah for this year’s Eid-el Kabir celebration, urging them to emulate the examples of Prophet Ibrahim in obedience to the will of God and service to humanity.