The proverbial line was on Friday drawn in the sand by Ibadan Mogajis in their raging war of words with the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi — depose the Olubadan, get impeached.
The Mogajis are traditional chiefs at the base of the city’s unique succession ladder for emergence into the Olubadan stool.
Governor Ajimobi, who recently created 21 news beaded crowns from the traditional jurisdiction of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, in spite of the monarch’s stiff opposition, was recently reported to have issued a thinly veiled deposition threat.
In an angry reaction, the Authentic Mogajis (family heads) of the city described the statement as part of a series of “unguarded verbal assaults” on the reverred monarchi by the Governor.
If Ajimobi waves his power as Governor to depose any traditional ruler, he should remember that the power must be judiciously exercised.
In the event of the Governor exercising the power out of sheer ego, the Ibadan people will also kick him out of office, the Mogajis declared in a pres statement made available to Morning Mail.
The Mogajis said that since the invasion of the Olubadan’s palace by gunmen on Monday, a desecration of the reverred monarchy, the Governor had been worsening the bad situation in the state.
Ajimobi had been telling the whole world that Olubadan’s cup is full but that he had not wielded his power to depose a monarch only because of the respect he had for the Oba “as a father.”
Describing such utterances as a threat to the revered monarch, the family heads asked the governor to stop the assault or risk the wrath of all Ibadan sons and daughters.
Should the governor make real the threat, the Mogajis said “our families will rise to remove him unceremoniously too”.
The family heads also said they would no longer fold their arms and allow miscreants to turn the state into a war theatre following Monday’s shooting at the palace, adding that, “there is a limit to human endurance of illicit acts.”
The Mogajis in a press statement by their spokesman, Chief Olawale Oladoja Akinsola (Akinsola Compound, Opopo Labiran) and Chief Abbas Oloko (Oloko Compound, Kobomoje), said the verbal assault of the governor against Olubadan was “the height of impunity and misuse of power”.
According to the statement, governor Ajimobi has uttered derogatory statements against the monarch more than three times in recent time.
Statements quoted by the family heads include when the Governor said one of the Queens in the palace was his errand girl in the past; disclosure of the amount he spent on the Olubadan coronation and the latest dethronment threat.
The statement reads in part; “Yes our governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has executive power to suspend or remove Olubadan of Ibadan land Oba Saliu Adetunji.
“But he shouldn’t forget that we the people of the state also have the power to call for his removal through the House of Assembly.
“We are all from Ibadan land and if you suspend our king you will be removed from office unceremoniously.
“We use this opportunity to call on Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for Olubadan and all the Authentic Mogajis of Ibadan land.
“We call on our amiable President to wade in to the undemocratic governance in Oyo state.”