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Olubadan Backs Obasanjo On Stand-up Order To Yoruba Obas

by Victor Ndubuisi
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Oba Lekan Balogun, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, has dismissed the claimed clash between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and certain Yoruba monarchs in Iseyin, Oyo State.

Remember how, in a popular social media video, an enraged Obasanjo, during a public occasion in Iseyin, ordered the monarchs to “Stand up! “Sit down!” she exclaimed after failing to stand to meet Governor Seyi Makinde at a public ceremony.

Many people were outraged by the video, believing Obasanjo had dismissed the Yoruba traditional institution.

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However, meeting with journalists on Tuesday at his Alarere estate in Ibadan as part of events commemorating his 81st birthday, Olubadan described the incident as regrettable.

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He claimed that Obasanjo respected tradition and did not disparage traditional monarchs.

The Olubadan said: “Obasanjo is my brother and friend. We have been together for a long time. He is not disrespectful, as being alleged. He is a respecter of traditional stools.

“What happened on the said day when Obasanjo was barking out orders at members of the Council of Obas and Chiefs at a function in Iseyin is quite unfortunate. Both sides didn’t expect the way the media turned it to.”

Meanwhile, remarking on the question of king choosing, the traditional ruler stated that it would always end in court due to its selection practises.

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He remarked that litigation in the selection of monarchs would become unavoidable “as long as the people who are saddled with the responsibility of electing or selecting kings fail in their traditional function.”

“Litigation is a function of democracy. It will not end as long as injustice remains in the selection of monarchs in Yorubaland. It remains a checkpoint for injustice.”

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