There is a palpable tension between some traditional rulers in the state of Ogun, as the governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, could eliminate them soon, according to the GISTOK.
Abiodun, in a statement on Friday, revealed that the Headquarters Review Committee he established earlier recommended, among other things in his report, “the reversal of the hasty update of some Baales by the immediate past administration.”
Recall that the former governor Ibikunle Amosun of the state of Ogun, in the twilight of his administration, amounted to 75 local chiefs, known as Baales, to Coronet Obas.
But Abiodun, after its inauguration on May 29, formed a Headquarters Review Committee on June 17 to analyze what he described as an unprecedented development in the traditional institution.
The committee, headed by the Olu de Ilaro and the supreme ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, while presenting his report on Friday, rebuked the previous administration for updating Baales to Oba’s de Coronet without the recommendation of their respective first-class Obas.
Oba Olugbenle regretted that the prestige of the traditional institution has plummeted over the years, as it has lost respect due to political interference.
“It is absurd to see traditional rulers in political robes. As traditional rulers, they should see all people as their children, regardless of their political affiliations, ”he said.
The monarch rebuked the immediate past administration for updating Baales to Obas without following due process and said the committee recommended that Baales be reverted and that proper procedures be followed for updating.
“Baales are minor bosses. Your update should be recommended by the first-class Oba that designates them first. Some Coronet Obas were updated without their knowledge (of the prescribed authorities), and we have recommended that they remain Baales. If they are to be updated, the requirements must be met, ”concluded Oba Olugbenle.
Abiodun, while receiving the report, said: “We are sure, however, that during our time, sanity has come to stay, the necessary respect will be given to our traditional rulers who are not only our parents but also those who really they can help security through the grassroots commitment to the right people of the state of Ogun. ”
He said his government would study, review, and make an appropriate decision that would help reposition the traditional institution in Ogun.
Meanwhile, the 75 Improved Baales affected, who have been posing as Obas, are already panicking, as they can soon be degraded to their previous Baaleship position.
Besides, some other Obas installed by Amosun between February and May 2019 have been overwhelmed by anxiety, as they do not know what the committee recommended about them.