Ibadan Mogajis back CCII’s reformation of Olubadan chieftaincy system

Cracks hit the rank of Ibadan Mogajis on Tuesday as members of the Council of Ibadan Authentic Mogajis disagreed on the proposed reformation of the Olubadan chieftaincy system being championed by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes.

The development came as a high ranking Mogaji in the city (name withheld) described members of the Authentic Mogajis as those whose “divided political interest dictates where they pitch tents and are therefore not people to be taken seriously on issues affecting Ibadanland.”

A spokesman for a faction of the group, Chief Wale Oladoja, on Monday cautioned the CCII against the proposed reformation.

Oladoja had said, “People, especially some Ibadan sons and daughters at home and in the diaspora, have been calling my attention to a CCII story published by The PUNCH on Monday.

He said Ibadan chieftaincy system and more importantly, the Olubadan-in-Council was self-regulated.

On Tuesday, his colleagues dissociated the council from the Oladoja’s criticism. They said Oladoja spoke for himself, not the council of Mogajis.

Two of the members, Mogaji Ademola Olasomi and Mogaji Abass Oloko, said the council did not have anything against the CCII’s proposal, adding that all Ibadan indigenes had respect for the umbrella body.

Oloko said, “The Council of Authentic Mogajis had met since December and frowned on the way and manner Mogaji Oladoja has been arrogating powers to talk on issues of Ibadan without recourse to other Mogajis.

“We had since agreed that all issues should be brought to our hearing and we collectively take joint decisions on it but he kept on parading himself as spokesman without carrying members along. On this issues of the CCII matter, we wish to dissociate ourselves from his position because the aforementioned Mogajis were not carried along by Oladoja.”

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