In the ongoing controversy over installation of new Kings, Ibadan youths have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take charge and not allow the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, to take any decision that could further work against peace in the city.
This comes based on fears that the Governor may use his executive powers to depose the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
The youths, under the aegis of Integrity Youths of Ibadanland, made this call through their President, Mr Ojekunle Wasiu, and Secretary, Mr Ganiyu Kamaldeen.
They condemned the recent shootings at the Olubadan’s palace by yet-to-be-identified gunmen. The youths said that, contrary to the State Government’s attribution of the act to hoodlums, the State Government had tried to cancel the conferment of chieftaincy titles by the Monarch, and that the the shooting was a result of the threat.
Describing the shooting as sacrilegious, the youths alleged that the threat by the governor was a further desecration of the traditional institution in the city.
Meanwhile, Governor Ajimobi had said he would never be provoked to the extent of deposing the Monarch who he fondly calls his father. He said that he would make the Monarch reason that the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration of 1959 and installation of the Kings was not intended to rubbish the esteemed throne of Olubadan but to make the city be at par with other cities which have more than one king.
The youths said, “We consider the threat a height of insult anyone could pass on His Imperial Majesty. Olubadan has not violated any Law of the land that could warrant being threatened by the government.
“We, therefore, use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Ajimobi to order so that the peace we have been enjoying in the city will not be breached,” they further added.