Ibadan chieftaincy law review for elevation of metropolis’
The Oyo State government has said its motive for reviewing the 1957 Declaration on Olubadan Chieftaincy Laws is to balance history and promote peace and hierarchy in chieftaincy institution.
Though the State High Court recently declared the review as unconstitutional, the government, which has approached a higher court to upturn the judgment, said it remained resolute at ensuring that Ibadan occupies its rightful position in Nigeria.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olusegun Abimbola, told reporters in Ibadan, the state capital, that the elevation of the status of the ancient city is key to the government.
He said it was not an oversight on the part of the government that the promotion done in the review exercise covered both the Olubadan high chiefs and the baales, adding that the whole exercise was predicated on the elevation and development of Ibadan.
Abimbola said: “These are the issues that have been on the ground for long, and we need to recognise some of the issues at hand. When change begins, there is always some measure of resistance. Let’s look at it this way: the baales of the towns that infringe Ibadan are subject of Ibadan in the justice of claims they make to the commission of enquiry. They were titled to become crown-wearing obas.
“Indeed, in several part of the state, like Ibarapa and Ogbomoso, there were similar situations in which the government had elevated some traditional rulers to crown-wearing obas.
“Now, when a bale, who is a crown-wearing oba sits as a member of a traditional council headed by one of the high chiefs, who is not an oba, can you see the aberration that will be created? That means someone who is an oba has been put under a high chief. You can see that it is a way of balancing history.”
Credit :The Nation