The Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs has responded to the recent outburst by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, directed at certain traditional rulers who attended the inauguration of the Iseyin Campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) last Friday. The incident, seen by many as a humiliation of the traditional institution, has stirred widespread anger and diverse reactions from across Nigerian society.
In a statement personally signed by the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon and Vice Chairman of the Oyo State Council Of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Francis Olushola Alao, the matter is characterized as an internal issue that will be thoroughly reviewed during the next council meeting.
Oba Francis Olushola Alao emphasized that the monarchs involved are cognizant of the pain caused by the incident and appreciate the responses it has garnered. He clarified that the council’s decision to remain silent should not be misconstrued as an act of cowardice but rather a deliberate approach to address the matter comprehensively in the proper forum.
The statement noted, “I would like to emphasize that the inauguration ceremony was a huge success, while the road and campus projects represent another milestone in the development strides of Governor Seyi Makinde, who has been working hard to take Oyo State to the next level of development.
“All the royal fathers involved understand the pain caused by the incident and appreciate the well-placed reactions.”
“I wish to state that the incident is an internal affair, which will be properly reviewed at the next meeting of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
“Let me assure all Yoruba and other well-meaning Nigerians who have respect for the traditional institution and who feel concerned about the incident that our silence since Friday is not an act of cowardice. When we sit down with the Governor, and hold our next meeting, we will review and respond appropriately.
“Our Governor respects us, and traditional rulers in Oyo State also hold him in high esteem.”
Oba Francis Olushola Alao assured concerned individuals, particularly those who hold the traditional institution in high regard, that their silence is temporary, and the matter will be discussed and addressed at the upcoming meeting of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
He also underscored the mutual respect between Governor Seyi Makinde and the traditional rulers in Oyo State, emphasizing their commitment to the state’s development.
The monarch called for calm and decorum, emphasizing the importance of unity in line with the Omoluwabi ethos. He reiterated that traditional rulers in the state have no regrets in supporting President Bola Tinubu and Governor Seyi Makinde in the last election, and they remain willing to support them in the future.
“This is the clear position of monarchs in Oyo State. Any other information from anywhere that is contrary to this should be disregarded,” Oba Francis Olushola Alao stated emphatically.