Balogun, Kola-Daisi, others conferred with obaship titles

Balogun, Kola-Daisi, others conferred with obaship titles

Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:45 am

Secretary to the Oyo State Government,ng conferment letter to Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has conferred  Obaship titles on 30 out of the 32  recommended by the Akintunde Boade-led Judicial Panel on the review of the 1957  Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the governor presented the letters to some of them at an event held at the House of Chiefs, Parliamentary Building,  Ibadan on Friday evening.

NAN recalls that the governor had on May 19 inaugurated the panel based on  several requests received by the state government.

The panel on Aug. 18 submitted its report, recommending that 11 Olubadan High Chiefs and 21 Baales  be allowed  wear the beaded crown in Ibadan.

NAN also reports that those who received the letters were nine high chiefs of the Olubadan-in-Council and 21 other baales who were elevated to obaship status in line with the government white paper.

Apart from Sen.  Rashidi Ladoja, a former governor and Osi-Olubadan of Ibadanland,  as well as  two deceased members, eight other high chiefs were on hand to receive their conferment letters.

Among those who received the letters amidst jubilation  were Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakunleyin, the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi -Balogun of Ibadanland and  Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa-Olubadan of Ibadanland.

Others were Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi, the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lateef Adebimpe, Ashipa-Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Amidu Ajibade, the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland and Oba  Kolawole Adegbola, the Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.

According to the letter dated Aug.  25, 2017 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs  Olawunmi Ogunesan, the  new titles takes immediate effect.

The letter stated that the title   qualifies the new obas to wear the royal beaded crown, with  the High Chiefs  to be  addressed as Royal Majesty while the baales would be addressed as  Royal Highness.

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, it added, would  henceforth be addressed as  Imperial Majesty.

“The government rested its powers of the confirmation of the Obaship title on section 28(I) Cap. Vol. 1 of the Chiefs Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria,  2000, ’’ it said.

NAN reports that among the baales promoted to obaship status are Oniroko of Iroko, Onikereku of Ikereku, Olodo of Olodo, Alaba of Abanla, Onilagun of Lagun and Elegbeda of Egbeda.

Others are Alakaran of Akanran, Alajia of Ajia, Onido of Iddo, Alawotan of Awontan, Onijaye of Ijaye, Alakufo of Akufo, Olofa-Igbo of offa Igbo, Oloke of Okelade-Akin, Olugbon of Ile-Igbon and Ologburo of Ogburo

Ajimobi, who was represented by Alhaji Olalekan Alli, the Secretary to the State Government,said the coronation and presentation of instrument of office would  hold on Sunday at  Mapo Hall in Ibadan. (NAN)

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