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    Senator Ajimobi’s government is suffering from information dissemination malady. Please overlook my Zebrudaya grammar, it’s only because I am angry with the Oyo state government media team, seriously angry.

    Whatever the governor does, good or bad, he is left alone in the cold to defend himself to the extent that one is tempted to think they are planted there by opposition to work at cross roads with their boss.


    Otherwise, while would a very laudable move like the Ibadan chieftaincy commission that should earn the governor accolades  across the city turn round to be an albatross hanging precariously on his neck, if the government has a capable media team.

    Ibadan Chieftaincy declaration


    With all the plethora of media personnel, from the commissioner to senior sepecial assist, special assistant, senior media adviser, media adviser, media consultants and officers, the government media presence is almost nonexistent.

    Yet, it didn’t start today. At times, I wonder whether the governor does not know his media team is so alarmingly weak or he simply let them be.

    Ibadans are really angry on this chieftaincy matter and the anger is deep, no thanks to lack of information by the government. The people see it as an affront to their culture and Oba not an elevation and modernisation as the government intended.

    Had this been properly explained to the people, what should normally have engraved Ajimobi’s name in Gold would not have turned out to be a huge liability on his political balance sheet. Indeed, the media team has successfully tuned a gold medal to an also ran.

    Like I said, it didn’t start today.

    First, the 5billion naira his wife was allegedly caught with in London during his first term. I took it as what it was a palm wine bar gossip in Oje or Beere but was shocked when a level 12 officer in the ministry was asserting it with all vehemence in my office.

    Won ti ko owo wa lo tan, won mu iyawo re pelu 5 billion. They have stolen all our money. They caught his wife with 5Billion. I said 5 billion? Yes 5 billion cash with all emphasis she relied.


    Then I said, which Airport, Heathrow or Gatwick? Won sa mu. They caught her.  Why was the woman not taken to court because in England nobody gets away with an offence like that-money laundering. Won ti fowo pari e. They settled them with money.

    I ignored her but she went ranting and when she was getting too much on my nerves I decided to pick her up.

    Madam, you said 5 billion? Yes 5 billion cash. I said I am sure you know what a billion is? Before it came out of my mouth, she said yes, 5 atofo mesan. 5 and nine zeros. I said yes .

    Madam as a level 12 officer, you sure know what 100 thousand is, to which she replied a pack of 1000 notes and quickly added that 10 of which make a bundle of 1million.

    Ibadan chieftaincy declaration


    Then I said a billion will be a thousand of that and that 5 billion will be 5 thousand of it. She nodded her head. It was then I went for her jugular.

    Madam, how many trunks would contain that amount of money, 10 at least? Even n dollars it would be some boxes.  And you think Ajimobi will risk ferrying 10 trunks of cash though Murtala airport under a PDP government and went ahead to rail them through Heathrow airport. I don’t think the Senator would be so daft.

    She went cold having realised the foolishness of her assertion? The lady did not alter any more word and was gentle like water in a bowl till she left my office.

    Now, did I have to do that when there is a media team for the governor? They left him alone struggling to defend what ordinary should have been waived off by a media officer with sound logic, yet it was in the air for months.

    Now the guy is making roads which are not costing peanuts.

    From Gate to Adegbayi, from Oke- Adu to Gate, from Idi Ape to Barracks gate along Olonda road and one other.

    People are grumbling everywhere. Who sent him to build roads, after all people are still using the existing ones?

    There is communication hiatus. Nobody is telling them that people spend as much as 3 hours on busy days on the stretch from Idi-Ape to Ojunrin.

    Nobody is educating them to the effect that vehicle staying on the road without moving end up damage the road. They are not being informed that vehicles do not like idling. Nobody tells them that traffic grid lock means more fuel consumption. In all, nobody is tells them the cost implications of all these.  Is it my job to do this. You know the answer.

    Fayose’s all boys children are out there spending money like water but somehow he gets the press silent about it. The news you hear about them is the one who graduated from Covenant University which his media team turned into Michel Jackson best hit-bluer than blue.

    You see, Fayoses children are schooling in Nigeria unlike APC kids. Of course, some of us rubbished that. If Fayose wants to be a role model he should have sent the boy to the University at Ado-Ekiti. In any case, Covenant University is as expensive as a low-fee- University in London. Perhaps the guy could not even meet the admission requirements.


    In Ibadan, Ajimobi’s daughImage result for olubadan of ibadanter’s attempt to defend his father when some nincompoops were abusing him was turned against the governor and went viral like a flash. The man was left alone to wriggle out with no noticeable support from his media team or did I miss something?

    Back to this Ibadan chieftaincy declaration brouhaha. I have tried to engage some Ibadan indigenes on this twice and I am convinced that if this had been explained to them, it would have turned out a success and Ajimobi would be smelling of roses.

    Our discussion went something like this.

    Why would Ibadan be different I asked them. See, in Ijebu, Awujale is sitting there in all his majesty, while Ijebu-Igbo, Ago- Iwoye, Odogbolu, Ikenne and many big towns with paramount rulers are each a maximum of 20 minutes away from Ijebu-Ode and all Ijebus know their number one king. Oh, No. that is their culture, Ours is different, they answered.

    Ok, what of Egba? Abeokuta is not half of Ibadan yet they have 5 paramount rulers in the same town. Osile of Oke-Ona, Olowu of Owu, Onigbagura of Gbagura and Olu of Ibara with Alake of Egbaland as the first among equals. No that is Egba not Ibadan, they chorused.

    I am proudly Ekiti and feel so good as an Ibadan boy, my state does not have as many vehicles as Egbeda and Lagelu combined yet we have a king almost every 10 kilometer, I prof-erred.

    For effect I added. Guru Mahraji to Moniya will take you about 60 minutes drive by which period a crazy driver would have gotten to  Osu or Ilesha in Osun state. Yes, that is their own, Ibadan is different, it is our culture. They cannot do this with the emirs.

    I reminded them that in recent History Abacha dethroned a reigning Sultan. Babangida banned the emir of Kano and Ooni of Ife from travelling out for 6 months, we still drank our Akamu the following day, I replied. They accepted.

    What do you call culture? It evolves and never static I said. At a time if you had twins you better let nobody know. Now, people have quadruplets and even ask the government to take then over their feeding.

    At a time in Yoruba land, when an Oba died, you had to burry some people with him but today nobody dares. Before, the king would just take anybody’s wife and add to the harem in his yard without anybody as much as lifting a finger. If a king does that today, he will stand in the box with his crown and beads. They listened and I went for the icing on the cake.

    Ibadan Chieftaincy declaration

    ooni Ogunwusi

    Ok gentlemen you want Ibadan state? Yes why not. Ok, if the government approves it for you tomorrow you will accept? Yes of course they chorused giving a look like what is this fool asking us. Who will refuse a state?

    Now, by next week the president says he wants all first class Obas from the South West in Abuja. EKiti goes with 20, Osun has 20, Ogun goes with19. Eko has 15, Ondo flies in with 21 and the new Ibadan state goes with 1, does it not seem like something is wrong somewhere ? Silence. End of argument.

    This is what the media team should have done. A one hour questions and answers time with a top Ibadan man or woman in government on the radio and TV with all stations anchoring would have done the job.

    Before we are through with this, there is one very important aspect of the declaration which many people missed out because nobody told them- the average age at which the Olubadan ascends the throne.

    They all get there aged because of the many rungs on the ladder they have to climb. At that age they have lost the vigour and strength to be effective.

    Government says the ladder will be shortened so that an Olubadan will ascend the throne younger with more strength to do the job. The Ifes went for the younger Ogunwusi instead of his father because he is still young. If his father had been chosen, it is doubtful if he would have been as active as the younger one.

    The way out is to explain this issue to the Ibadan people and let them know they have much to gain in this declaration. You cannot force it down their throat.

    Olubadan Chieftaicy dclaration

    Oloye Lekan Alabi

    There is no way they will get a state with one King and it pays them to have a young Olubadan as against the octogenarians they end with all the time.

    If the media team cannot do this, let the Governor flush them out and bring fresh hand. Or, they go to Lagos government and study how they do it there.  Alternatively, the governor should organise a seminar for them on ‘ how a governor enjoys a good press’.

    Oloye Lekan Alabi,  Aare Alaasa Olubadan ,will be the chief lecturer. He served 3 governors if my memory will not fool me. Oh, I forgot, that is if he is sold on this.


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3 thoughts on “Why This Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration Must Stay”

  1. I am sure you are a very well educated individual but alas i am surprised you are putting out misinformation and hogwash in a blatant careless way. All your arguments are baseless and unfounded; to say the least, absolutely myopic and ignorant.
    Do you realise the fact that whatever the governor is dong is part of his job description? His “work” should be his media release not by shouting on top of the roof with a gramophone. If i have to remind you, Ambode of Lagos state and Amosun of Ogun state are doing far better job than Ajimobi of Oyo state and do you want to know that i have not seen any propaganda media project on their work. So why should a media team be Ajimobi’s succor if he has done very well. Let his “hand work” speak and people will judge him. Mind you, it is when a person is not equal to a position that he shouts “i have done this, i have done that”. let the people that he governs speak for him and let his work make the people speak not his media propaganda team.
    Coming to the issue of Ibadan chieftaincy debacle. The governor has committed a grieve error of judgement. You don’t wake up one day and scatter a century old tradition. It is sacrilegious. it is scandalous and unwarranted. This is a fiasco!!!
    You mentioned the Ijebus, Ekitis and Egbas as examples. It shows that you are bereft of the history and traditions of the Yoruba people and it is sad coming from a Yoruba man like yourself.
    For the records, the kings in Ijebuland and Ekitiland are stand alone Kings. They had been royalties from time immemorial. They had presided over stand alone towns or villages, as the case maybe, for centuries and their case is different from Ibadan’s case. Iyin-Ekiti, Igede, Aramoko, Ado, Ifaki, Ido, Otun, Ijero, Aye, Usi, Emure, Ikere, Okemesi, Ekiti-isu, Ikole, Oye; all had had Kings for centuries and can trace their roots to Oduduwa. Vis-a-vis Ijebuland. THEY ARE NOT CONSTITUTIONAL MADE KINGS, THEY ARE PARAMOUNT RULERS!!!
    Egbaland has its own peculiarities. History and migration made 5 paramount kings to coalesce in Abeokuta. Those 5 kings are not constitutional kings, they are paramount rulers in Yoruba land. You also need to update your history. Alake is of Akeland and not of Egbaland. Infact if you need to know, Olowu of Owu is far ahead of Alake of Akeland in the hierachry of Yoruba kings. Like Senator Ajimobi is doing to the Ibadan chieftaincy now, that is what the British did to Abeokuta by elevation of a non-royal stool in the Yoruba land (Alake of Akeland) to the position of the paramount ruler of Egbaland. All the rest 4 kings in Abeokuta can trace their root to Oduduwa (one way or another) but Alake cannot because he is not!
    Elevation of High chiefs to Obaship has no place in Yorubaland and it is forbidden except in Ile-Ife in wish case it is allowed because of the ascension to the throne of Ooni by Oduduwa. Atleast they have towns where they head in Ile-Ife, where do these High chiefs in Ibadan head except their respective families (as Mogaji)?
    If the governor has elevated the Baales of the surrounding towns and villages in Ibadan to Obaship, that would have made a lot of common sense but doing the contrary is akin to thinking with once feet and moreover, looks like a politicised move and vendetta.
    In addition, if a set of people are comfortable to have octogenarian as a leader, so be it. Afterall, their land is improving and forward looking. If i may ask, you are from Ekiti state with so many kings that are young, has any part of Ekiti state seen development as much as octogenarian-ruled Ibadan in the last 50 years?
    Enough said and a word is enough for the wise! Thank you

    1. Thony,

      Thanks for your comments.

      I notice you did not take enough time to digest my submission as I took to read yours.
      First, a governor does not have to shout I do this I do that for us to know his media team is working. Were the media team unnecessary, we won’t have the profession of public relations.

      I am surprised you do not know that the media team of Ambode is working. Every Sunday, an article appears in the Nation talking sweet about Ambode- that is an example of public relations. Some people caused those write ups to appear. What Ajimobi did on Saturday would have been done by a commissioner earlier than now and many Ibadan minds would been assuaged by now. This is the argument.

      Performance? Who says Ajimobi is not performing? If he has resources like Lagos and Ogun he would perform wonders and again this is another example of where the inefficiency of his media team manifest. In badan today, we can sleep well and can walk in Iwo Road at 10pm. During Akala time, all Banks in Bodija at a time closed for three days. Refuse are cleared regularly, Agodi garden revived, Health centers are functioning, 4 major roads mentioned in article ere under construction, Agricultural initiatives here and there, second most peaceful state in Nigeria etc

      Yes salary areas but is he the one that crashed oil price. Oyo civil service is so loaded that they take 100% allocation to pay salary and that many peole pretend not to see. Do you want him to sell one of his daughters to come and develop the state.

      My analysis on Egaba stands. Alake remains the number one. Its Alake of Egba land. Please see this. and–One-city-five-paramount-rulers-/

      Nothing is static so also is culture and you have not disputed that. And again this is the point. If the governor wants to amend the culture for the benefit of his people, what harm is that. If something needs to make life better does not exist, you create it and that is what the governor is doing.

      It is so easy to criticize. Nigerians watch premier league here and criticize Morinho in England. He should have used this and that as if he is a novice. I am sure there are very intelligent and educated Ibadans in the government. They must have turned this up and down and decided it’s the best for Ibadan.

      You cannot tell me that Kola Daisi and Lekan Balogun are imbeciles or they took the title for pecuniary interests or anybody including you is more Ibadan than them. So why did they take the titles? I insist enlightenmnet of the people is what is missing.

      I am surprised that an educated one will chose to persistently have an Octogenarian as an Oba and rubbish an alternative to have a youthful as one.

      My brother, Ibadan is not what she is because the Obas ascend the thrones when they are already spent. It is because of a combination of several factors. Yes, my state is not as developed as Ibadan, but I am proud to have a stake in both. But can’t we discus without being vulgar?

      Thony, is it true that the present Oba is not lettered and cannot write or speak English the way you and I do? If this is so, Ajumobi should do another chieftaincy declaration that will make it impossible for an uneducated person to be an Olubadan in future.

      Thanks for calling.

  2. Thank you for your submission.
    Let me start with Ajimobi’s performance. I will be very straight, he has performed below par, not entirely his fault i will admit, but like most state administrators in Nigeria he has not been able to utilise available resources fully well to meet the demands of the state he governs. How do you want to explain the low IGR in a state like Oyo in “relative” comparison. This is a state that has a huge population and mind you, Ibadan has been a capital since the 1950s. Like i said i will not put the blame entirely on his table but he, like many administrators in Nigeria, does not have the mental capacity to administer and open up the state and progressively move the state forward with all the abundance around. Yes, other prior administrators have their blames but he should shine out of the so many. That, he has failed to do and I will forever score him low. So if his achievement are that great, like i mentioned earlier, he needs not be a propagandist of sort with airtime to laud his achievements. If they are on ground, the people will laud it themselves.

    On the issue of salaries, he is also to be blamed. I will explain. Governor Ajimobi, like his counterparts in other states of the federation, i believe are saboteurs of the efforts of the Federal Government. All of them received 3 bailout funds and 2 Paris club funds. That is 5 SOS funds within 2 years to make life easier for the people of Nigeria and put money in the hands of the people. Because in recession, people must have money to spend. THEY DID NOT!!! Each and everyone of them must have got atleast 35billion naira and what did they do to the monies, they squandered it. Apart from that fund, they all receive monthly allocation from the federal government of Nigeria and honestly they have nothing to show for it. It is sad to put the blame on oil prices coming down but the federal government has done its part well enough but the state government of which he is one of the lots are nowhere to be found and i believe they are callous, greed and inhuman set of people.
    On the Egba issue, i will advise you go to study the history of the Yoruba people and their royalities. Wikipedia will not give you an accurate history line. Get books written by erudite scholars e.g. Ajayi and co. The Alake being named the paramount ruler of Egbaland was a British invention and it is falsehood. The Alake is the paramount ruler of Akeland and not of Egbaland. Olowu of Owu has a better claim. The stool of Alake has no traceable path to Oduduwa because, after the demise of Sodeke, the guy that brought them to Abeokuta from the egba forest (present day Ibadan) along with Lisabi, Abeokuta had no leader for quite a number of years. The administration of the town was left in the hands of chiefs like Ogunbona, Okukenu, Somoye, Bada and others. The Egbas Ake in an effort to reunite from this leadership problems elected to install an Oba, and the lot fell on Okukenu, the Sabua of Ake and head of Egba Ogboni cult. He was an industrious woodcarver and was installed the Alake of Ake on August 8, 1854. A few months later in 1855, the first Olowu in Abeokuta, Oba Adeyanju Pawu was crowned.
    The Ibadan chieftaincy does not need be a problem. The Oyo state governor erred. Like I pointed out in my last post, if he wanted the state to have many first class Oba, it is not skyrocket science, elevate the numerous Baales in and around Ibadan. It is simple logic! This exercise is tantamount to elevation of the Dukes and other peerage in the united kingdom to Kings. Kola daisi and others may have their own personal reasons for taking up the Obaship, which i do not object to because as human we have the right to be ambitious. Remember who does not want to die as a “His royal highness”?
    No matter how hard we try, i can confidently tell you that there will never be a young Olubadan less than 70years old. Let’s do the maths. Despite the reduction from 22-23 steps to 11-12 steps. the average age of ascension into the position of Ikolaba will be let’s say 30-35 years. If fortunately or unfortunately each successive Oba does 5 years, that takes us to an average of 110years before a 35 year old becomes King. Give or take half of the chiefs died along the way or on a step, that is 55years before a 30-35years old becomes a king. You can see the effort in futility of a narrow minded government.
    I will agree with you that what Ibadan is today has not been solely been in part of the efforts of the Olubadan but In leadership, age does not matter. An octogenarian can rule better than a young man. After-all, a very old and frail Buhari is very much better a leader than a younger Jonathan in all “relative comparison”.
    Thank you.

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