LEARN FROM HISTORY, OLUBADAN TELLS NEW ONIDO

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The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, at the weekend advised the new Onido of Ido in Ido Local Government area of Oyo State, Chief Tajudeen Adelani Adeosun Akinola Agura to learn from history.

Oba Odugade urged the new Onido, Chief Tajudeen Agura to avoiding the temptation of equating himself with Olubadan, which saw the former traditional ruler of the town, Chief Benjamin Ademola Ishola, being deposed on July 7, 2009.

Oba Odugade also threatened to depose, henceforth any of the Ibadan village heads, who undermine his authority, adding that the palace would use all available legitimate means to protect the supremacy of Olubadan's office in the land.

Speaking during the confirmation ceremony of the installation of the new Baale, Olubadan maintained that it amounted to an insult to the office of the Olubadan for any Baale (village head) to attempt promotion to a beaded crown without his consent.

The confirmation had finally laid to rest the controversies surrounding the rightful occupant of the stool of Onido of Ido.

The deposed Onido was among the five village heads in the Ibadanland who turned against the Olubadan in an attempt to become a beaded crown wearing traditional rulers.

Others are Baale of Lalupon, Chief Rabiu Akinmoyede; Baale of Ijaye, Chief Oladejo Egunjobi; Baale of Latunde, Chief Oladosu Latunde and Baale of Egbeda, Chief Victor Sunday Okunola.

For over two years, after he was installed as the new Onido, Akinola had been unable to take control as the number one citizen of the community due to the support the deposed traditional was enjoying from the former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.

The installation of Akinola as the Onido of Ido followed an Ibadan High Court judgement, which declared the former occupant of the stool illegal.

Represented by the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun, Oba Odugade said, the palace would seek legal means to deal with any dissenting local heads that chose to undermine the authority of the Olubadan.

He said: 'Those Baales who are trying to equate themselves with Olubadan are mentally backward. How can they think by wearing a beaded crown they are equal to Olubadan.'

He then advised him to channel his energy into activities that would bring progress and development to the Ido community with a promise that Olubadan-in-Council would not hesitate to give him all the necessary support that would elevate the standard of the community.

In his speech, Akinola noted that his eventual installation as the Onido was a fall-out of his judicial struggle of 13 years and thanked the Olubadan of Ibadanland for upholding the truth as established in the court of law and which manifested in his installation at the palace of the Ibadan Monarch in June, 2009.

The Onido, while promising that his people would give all the necessary support to the new administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the state enjoined the governor to continue to uphold 'his highly cherished virtues of integrity, courage and accountability in the accomplishment of his assignment as the helmsman of the state and I want to assure him that the good people of Ido are solidly behind him.'