Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Friday inaugurated a seven-man panel to review the processes and protocols in ascending to the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The panel headed by Justice Akintunde Boade (rtd), is to examine the existing requirements and selection process from Otun and Balogun lines, and to consider the possibilities of having more beaded crown obas in Ibadan land.
Gov. Ajimobi said the review of the existing 1957 declaration of the Olubadan of Ibadan, was long overdue, saying the current arrangement whereby the Olubadan emerged after climbing 22 or 23 steps, leads to the emergence of an Oba who is too old to cope with the rigours of the stool.
He said, “The current Olubadan chieftaincy declaration provided for two prongs of Otun Olubadan and Balogun each having 22 and 23 rungs respectively.
“As a result, the person that emerges as Olubadan of Ibadan land is usually constrained to cope with the rigours and functions of the stool. This has invariably created some significant drawbacks for Ibadan land when compared to the situation in other communities and towns in Yoruba Land.
“It was also discovered that the only beaded crown wearing oba in Ibadan land is the Olubadan of Ibadan land. This is not in line with current realities vis-a-vis the current population of Ibadan because obas are in towns with much lower population.
“Consequently, there is the need to review the existing requirement/qualification for ascendancy to the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland. There is also the need to review the selection process of Olubadan of Ibadanland from Otun and Balogun lines.
“We have to review the existing 1957 declaration of Olubadan of Ibadanland in line with the proposed changes and improvements in chieftaincy institution in Ibadanland.
“The primary purpose of this commission is to facilitate the development, modernisation and effectiveness of our traditional chieftaincy system in Ibadanland, in particular, and across the state in general.”