Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has assured indigenes in the state capital, Ibadan that there would no longer be controversies during the succession of the Olubadan.
Speaking during his condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Makinde said Ibadan traditional institution just revert to its original concept of crisis-free succession.
WuzupNigeria reported that there were controversies surrounding the succession of the recently deceased Olubadan, Oba Adetunji who joined his ancestors on January 2 at the age of 93.
The governor however vowed that this would be the last time there would be controversy over who will ascend the throne of the Olubadan.
He said, “For standing for truth and boldly telling the last administration that certain things being done were not right.
“Those who are using the death of the Olubadan to cause trouble regarding who should be the next Olubadan or not; the case is in court or not, let me state it clearly that Ibadan traditional institution must revert to its original concept.
“This is the last time that there will be controversy regarding who should be installed as the next Olubadan.
“As a government, I am giving the assurance to Ibadan indigenes and lovers of Ibadan that what the Kabiyesi stood for is what I will carry through.
“Anyone who loves himself should key into it. I know Baba is looking at us and will give us support to do what is right to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the traditional institution of Ibadan.
“Baba stood for truth; if not that he stood for truth, he would have boldly told the last administration that certain things being done were not right. Power is not easy to manage except those who God touches their heart.
“Baba looked at power in the face and stood for the truth on traditional institution of Ibadan. That caused all these controversies. Though Baba is no more, what he stood for is with us.
“The history of traditional institution in Ibadan will no more be complete without acknowledging what Baba stood for. What we, as children, can do is to give Baba a royal and befitting burial. Government will do just that.”
The governor said although he was not around when Oba Adetunji died, he made sure he got the best treatment.
He said, “When I heard about the death of the Olubadan, people said a lot that I should come home. Those people are ignorant because every moment of the way when Baba was sick, I was talking to the medical people, event at Infectious Diseases Centre, Olodo.
“I also gave the go-ahead that they should allow Baba’s aides to be with him. I delegated Prof. Alonge to give me reports on a daily basis. So, they are not the ones to tell us how to take care of our elderly. We did what we had to do.”