The crisis generated by the elevation and installation of high and senior Ibadan chiefs to Obaship status is getting messier as the Authentic Ibadan Mogajis yesterday alleged that their lives were no longer safe.
This is coming few hours after gunmen attacked the palace of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Spokesperson of the group, Mogaji Wale Oladoja, who condemned the ugly incident asked the Police Force Headquarters to wade in and fortify the palace.
Making known their position known through a statement signed by the duo of Mogaji AbdulJelil Adanla and Mogaji Abass Oloko, Oladoja declared that the need for the force headquarters to come in became necessary “because the anonymous calls being received from different quarters are warning us to back out of the current struggle to protect our inheritance and centuries of peaceful ascension to the stool of Olubadan”.
Oladoja added that, “You recall two weeks ago, we addressed the press where we urged our revered monarch to begin installation of new Mogajis and Baales to put a stop to the lull in the palace since the unfortunate crowning of 21kings in a single day by the state governor.
“The anonymous callers keep hammering on our roles which culminated in Monday’s ceremony at the palace. We have entered their bad book for standing with Kabiyesi to preserve our culture, system and tradition of Ibadan traditional institution as indivisible entity under the sole kingship of Olubadan”.
Oladoja then appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to take deep interest in Oyo State and Ibadanland in particular, saying “if hoodlums could brazenly attack the palace and no arrest was made till now, no effort should be spared to safe the souls of millions of inhabitant and defenceless citizens of the land.”