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 Latest Nigeria News.
Abiodun, in a statement on Friday, revealed that the review committee of the headquarters he had previously recommended recommended, among other things in his report, “the reversal of the hasty updating of some Baales by the past administration immediate”.
Recall that the former governor Ibikunle Amosun of the state of Ogun, in the twilight of his administration, amounted to 75 local leaders, known as Baales, to Coronet Obas.
But Abiodun, after his 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, led 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 Obas de Coronet without the recommendation of the respective Obas of first class.
Oba Olugbenle regretted that the prestige of the traditional institution has fallen 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 are to see all the people as their children, irrespective of political affiliations”, he said.
The monarch chided the immediate past administration for upgrading Baales to Obas without following due process, saying that the committee has recommended that they be reversed to Baales and that proper procedures be followed if they are to be upgraded.
“Baales are minor Chiefs. Their upgrade should be recommended by the First Class oba who appoint them in the first place. Some Coronet Obas were upgraded without their (Prescribed authorities’) knowledge and we have recommended that they remain Baales. If they are to be upgraded, the requirements should be followed”, Oba Olugbenle concluded.
Abiodun, while receiving the report, said, “We are confident, however, that during our time, sanity has come to stay, necessary respect will be accorded our traditional rulers who are not only our fathers but also the ones who can truly aid security through grassroots engagement with the good people of Ogun State.”
He assured that his government would study, review and come up with appropriate decision that would help reposition the traditional institution in Ogun.
Meanwhile, the affected upgraded 75 Baales, who have been parading themselves as Obas, are already panicky as they may be demoted to their previous Baaleship position soon.
Also, 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 concerning them.