The last has obviously not been heard about the disaffection within Ibadan’s traditional council as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1 described a statement credited to High Chief Owowlabi Olakulehin as “very rude and verbally reckless”.
High Chief Olakulehin, the Balogun of Ibadanland had been quoted as saying the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja was misleading the Olubadan.
Oba Adetunji declared that the person who would lead him to recognise illegal crowns and cheap royalty has not been born.
He stated this while welcoming members of Mesiogo Movement, a socio-cultural club of Ibadan indigenes who came to complain about the disparaging statement of High Chief Olakulehin on page 17 of the Sunday Punch of Sunday, 9th September about the Olubadan at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Wednesday.
Oba Adetunji who thanked the youths noted that decorum is a characteristic of serving and ex-service men. He noted with regret that despite his military background, Balogun Olakulehin has not been displaying the discipline expected of his high office.
The monarch stated that Balogun Olakulehin remains the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, the Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rashidi Ladoja. In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi.
Oba Adetunji stated that he was not surprised that the same Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun in the same crown-wearimg camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority.
Said he “At over 80, do we need to tell Balogun Olakulehin that you can make your point without insulting your elders?”
Oba Adetunji who warned the crown-wearimg Baales not to use the Ibadan Traditional Council crisis to illegally install chiefs without the consent of the Olubadan stated that every illegality committed today would be taken up and dealt with according to law someday.
Oba Adetunji who advised the youths to embrace the spirit of excellence and hard work, pointed out that it is profitable. He stated that he became a millionaire at age of 30.
“Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it. So, where was Mr. Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America, I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English”.
He stated that he would forever be grateful to God for using him to discover so many talents and promoting them to stardom, namely King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Alayeluwa Sulaimon Alao Malaika, the late Dauda Epo Akara, Asanat Omo Aje, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Waheed Larondo and Iyanda Sawaba to mention but a few, adding no pauper can become Olubadan. He stated that he demanded no kobo from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his 90th birthday as wrongly insinuated by Balogun Olakulehin as he urged both the young and old to guard thier utterances.
In thier remarks, the President and Secretary, Mr. Adegboyega Aderemi and Abiola Olaogun hailed the monarch for his display of maturity and called on the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to call the rude high chief to order.