The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said the procedure for prescribing and consenting to honorary chieftaincy title in Ibadan is too sacrosanct to be bent for anybody.
Oba Adetunji stated this while welcoming the Fuji Musicians Association executives led by its National President, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola, to his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace at the weekend.
Apparently reacting to the controversy generated by the non-installation of Ibadan-born fuji star, Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere, as Agbaakin Bobagunwa of Ibadan land, the monarch said there was no ill feeling towards the musician.
The monarch said while Obesere’s nomination was conveyed to him in a letter, the musician should have appeared in person or by proxy to discuss the next line of action before unilaterally announcing Thursday May 2, 2019 as his chieftaincy installation day in the media.
It was gathered that when Obesere visited the palace about five or six days to the proposed installation date with his friends, he admitted to an error of commission and omission and pleaded for forgiveness.
Oba Adetunji contended that nobody in Olubadan palace collected money as installation fees from the Ibadan-born fuji music star as insinuated in some quarters, saying that Obesere could confirm or deny it.“To show that he had been forgiven, I did promise to confer the honorary chieftaincy title on him at a more convenient and acceptable date.
“But I was surprised to read a story, ‘Olubadan cancelled my installation for refusing to call Ijebu-born fuji star.’ This is untrue, unfair and ungodly. Is the Ijebu-born fuji star a member of the Olubadan-in-Council? Was the Ijebu-born fuji star consulted before Obesere was nominated for the slot by Olubadan palace? Is there any contest between Obesere and the said star for the same chieftaincy position?
“You want to be a chief, you have gone ahead to rent hall, prepare food, pick aso ebi without paying dues and undertaking your chieftaincy rites.”
The Olubadan however stated that Obesere remained one of his sons and subjects whom he would forever wish well.