The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso I has declared that he has not committed any crime that could warrant repeated threats of his deposition by Governor Abiala Ajimobi of Oyo state.
The Monarch who made this declaration while receiving the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olaniyan, at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace, maintained that his peaceful opposition to the controversial review of the Olubadan chieftaincy law should not be misconstrued as crime.
The Olubadan pointed out that “there are checks and balances in our traditional chieftaincy system for any monarch or chief who goes against the run of play. As I speak, I cannot see how mere, peaceful opposition to the controversial chieftaincy review by the Oyo State Government could be misconstrued to mean incitement against the government.”
The monarch maintained his opposition to the chieftaincy review is in line with the stand of majority of Ibadan people, saying that as the custodian of custom and tradition, he has to stand by the position of his people.
Oba Adetunji , however, added that since the matter is already pending before the court, he would not want to comment on it.
The Olubadan commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern over the security situation in Ibadan, stating that he (Olubadan) decided to seek legal redress in order to avoid crisis.
Oba Adetunji also declared that that contrary to speculations in government circle, the matter at hand is not political.
Earlier, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Olaniyan had conveyed the message of solidarity and support of the entire people of Osogbo to the Olubadan, saying as the forces of light often triumph over darkness, no power and principality would be able to destroy Ibadan heritage, which is widely respected because it is rancor-free.