The crisis is not over within Olubadan-In-Council has Obas are holding back revenues from His Imperial Majesty
Oba Lekan Balogun has announced that the recently crowned Obas have stopped the monthly payment of N200,000 that each of the 11 local governments in Ibadan pay to the Olubadan of Ibadan, totalling N2.2 million monthly.
The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland revealed that this has been going on for 10 months suggesting the king has lost a total of N22 million. According to Balogun, this will continue until the Olubadan recognizes the High Chiefs’ new status as kings.
“The Olubadan got promotion from royal majesty to imperial majesty, he didn’t complain but he is not ready to recognise us as kings, how do you think that can be possible? He should remember that he couldn’t have become king if we, the kingmakers did not recommend him to the governor.
It is not automatic that he should become king. In fact, anybody from the chieftaincy title of Ekerin from both lines can be picked as Olubadan of Ibadan. We recommended him to the governor before he was installed by the same governor who installed us as kings.
“We want to correct the misconception that it was the state government that stopped his salary. The governor is paying him his monthly salary from time to time. But, there is another N200,000 he usually collects from each of the 11 local governments in Ibadanland. That is the one we suspended. He will start collecting it as soon as he recognises us as duly-installed kings.”