‘Rude And Verbally Reckless You!’: Olubadan Smacks Down Oba Olakulehin- And More Hatred Gets Unleashed
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Wednesday, described one of the high chiefs crowned by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Owolabi Olakulehin, as rude and verbally reckless for claiming that the Osi Olubadan, Rashidi Ladoja, was misleading him in an interview he (Olakulehin) granted last week.
The interview, which was published by Sunday PUNCH, quoted Oba Olakulehin, who is also the Balogun of Ibadanland, as saying: “Olubadan is illiterate. He is not lettered. If you give him any text, he will call people to read it to him or possibly translate it for him; whether it is rightly translated or otherwise. Ladoja has some money, Olubadan has nothing.”
In a release signed by the monarch’s Personal Assistant /Director of Media and Public Affairs, the Olubadan said that he would never recognise the high chiefs crowned by the governor. Read the statement below:
“The statement credited to one High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin that the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja, was misleading the Olubadan is very rude and verbally reckless. The person who will lead the Olubadan to recognise illegal crowns and cheap royalties has not been born.
“The peaceful resolution should centre on the Oyo State High Court judgment delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki, which declared the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law review as unconstitutional and illegal. While the embattled high chiefs are begging for rule of self-help, we are asking for the rule of law. Decorum is a characteristic of serving and ex-servicemen, but despite Olakulehin’s military background, the fellow has not been displaying discipline expected of his high office.
“Olakulehin remains the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rasidi Ladoja. In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi.
“Olubadan was not surprised that the same Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun, in the same crown-wearing camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority.
“Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it. So, where was Mr Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America, I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English.”