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Olúbàdàn And The Tussle For The Throne


Following the demise of the 41st Olúbàdàn of Ìbàdànland Ọba Saliu Adetunji, Ajé Ògúngúnísọ̀ 1, there have been issues as to who the next King would be. While some believe that by the hierarchy of attaining the throne, the next King should be the present Ọ̀tun Olúbàdàn, Senator Lekan Balogun, some are of the opinion that many chiefs on the hierarchy have already been made King’s by the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Historically, hardly has there been any confusion or tussle over who ascends the Olúbàdàn throne following the death of an occupant, as a hierarchical order of ascension existed which made Ìbàdàn distinct from other Yoruba towns.

But the recent development of having so many Ọbas in the land have been generating so many issues and alleged “traditional aberration. One of such is the letter written to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde, by a lawyer, Michael Lana. It would interest you to read the content of the letter dated January 3, 2022.

It would be recalled that the ancient city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital was thrown into mourning on Sunday, January 2, 2022, following the demise of its 41st Olúbàdàn of Ìbàdànland, which left the throne vacant.

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