Veteran journalist seeks reform into Olubadan chieftaincy

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan


A former Editor of the defunct Sketch Newspaper, Chief Areoye Oyebola has appealed to the Olubadan-in-Council to consider a reform into the the Olubadan chieftaincy system in order to foster development of the ancient city.


He spoke at a symposium organised by the state government in honour of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, held at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan (UI).


In his lecture entitled: “Ibadan Chieftaincy Tradition: Imperatives for reform”, admitted that Ibadan chieftaincy system though is a model that should be adopted by traditional institutions in Nigeria and across the world, but noted that there is a need for it to be to b reformed.


Areoye suggested that:” mogaji’s who either are too old or poorly educated or who lack good and ascertainable income be formed as compensation, into an advisory council as Mogajis. The state government should direct that members of this council should be given some sitting allowances by the eleven local governments in Ibadan.


“All heads of compounds should be advised that henceforth, in nominating Mogajis, preference should be given to those who are within the age range of 35 and 45 years, well educated, successful in business and also public spirited”


The publisher further suggested that there is need for urgent critical review of the numbers of minor and senior chieftaincy titles on the Olubadan and Balogun lines which are 23 and 24 lines respectively, adding that it should not be more than 14 steps that the chiefs will pass through before reaching the Olubadan throne.


Oyebola further opined that:” the chiefs presently on the lower ladder of Olubadan or Balogun line but are already in the age range of 70 years and above should be allowed to step down for their successful children who are within the age range of 35 to 45 years.


“More importantly, the authority should ensure that the high chiefs who constitute the Olubadan-in-Council should be medically sound and fit to cope with the responsibilities they are saddled with. The local governments in Ibadan land should also give Olubadan in Council an administrative structure in the palace which will help in discharging their enormous duties. “


In his remark, the Osi Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Femi Olaifa who spoke on behalf of the Olubadan-in-council thanked the speakers for their advice and suggestions, promising that the council will look into it and make proper adjustment. 

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