The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has declared that the 21 new kings recently crowned by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State are wearing what he termed as “fake crowns” made of carton.
Oba Adetunji, who spoke on Tuesday while receiving members of the Council of Authentic Magajis of Ibadanland, who visited the palace to declare their support for the monarch, added that anybody who wants to become a king in Ibadan has to wait for God’s time.
A statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs to the monarch, Adeola Oloko, quoted the Olubadan as saying that those he termed as ‘Ajimobi’s kings’ themselves know that the crowns given to them by the state government are not real ones in the true sense of the word, according to the Yoruba tradition.
The Olubadan described as untrue and unfounded the statement credited to a group of Ibadan elders that he (Olubadan) had consented to the controversial chieftaincy review embarked upon by the state government resulting in the controversial crowning of 21 new kings.
Some private radio stations located in the town had quoted Ambassador Olu Sanu-led Ibadan Elders’ Forum who met with Olubadan as saying that the monarch had consented to the elevation of the chiefs to kingship status, having now seen the light.
The first class monarch, who acknowledged receiving the elders at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace last Thursday, maintained that there was never a time he was in the dark over the Ibadan chieftaincy issue as he did not say what the elders quoted him to have said.
The statement quoted the monarch as saying: “I started as a Mogaji. I was moving step by step before I assumed the throne after 40 years. I thank God for that.
“We must all love one another. If you love yourself and hate others, your purpose of love is nothing. I was called by the elders of my family to come and become a Mogaji more than 40 years ago. I rejected it and for three years, they were persuading me.
“In trying to convince me, the representative of my family told me that it could be that one day I would become a king. I then accepted it and became the Mogaji of my family. I waited on God and he made me a king.
“Those who were crowned a few weeks ago know within themselves that they are wearing fake crowns, it is just a carton crown. I began my journey more than 40 years, why can’t they wait for their turn? If you don’t wait for your turn, you will be on the wrong side of destiny.”