The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has described a statement credited to the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Owowlabi Olakulehin that the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja was misleading him (Olubadan) as ”rude and verbally reckless.”
The Balogun, High Chief Olakukehin, our correspondent gathered had remarked that Ladoja was the one misleading the Olubadan.
But the monarch while welcoming members of Mesiogo Movement, a socio-cultural club of Ibadan indigenes to his palace on Wednesday, regretted that despite his military background, Olakulehin “has not been displaying discipline expected of his high office”
The Oba added that it was not Ladoja that was teleguiding him as insinuated by Olakulehin.
He stated that, “Balogun Olakulehin remains the most troublesome and verbally reckless member of the Olubadan-in-Council till date with unenviable records of quarrels with High Chief Amidu Ajibade, the late High Chief Femi Olaifa, Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and now High Chief Rasidi Ladoja.
“In the same interview, he insulted the Ekerin Olubadan, High Chief Biodun Kola-Daisi”.
Oba Adetunji stated that he was not surprised that the same Olakulehin had decided to supplant the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun in the same crown-wearimg camp to assume the leadership of the group without regard to seniority.
He added that, “At over 80, do we need to tell Balogun Olakulehin that you can make your point without insulting your elders?
Oba Adetunji who warned the crown-wearing Baales not to use the Ibadan Traditional Council crisis to illegally install chiefs without his consent stated that, “every illegality committed today would be taken up and dealt with according to law someday”.
Oba Adetunji who advised the youths to embrace the spirit of excellence and hard work, saying it is profitable, stated that he became a millionaire at the age of 30.
He said, “Before I got married in 1959, I had built my first house at Ita Agarawu on Lagos Island, before God added more and more to it. So, where was Mr. Olakulehin in 1959 down to 1980? I have engaged in legitimate business ventures that took me to Europe and America. I didn’t need Olakulehin to help me sign contracts and speak English”.
He stated that he would forever be grateful to God for using him to discover so many talents like Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Alayeluwa Sulaimon Alao Malaika, the late Dauda Epo Akara, Asanat Omo Aje, Amuda Agboluaje, Tatalo Alamu, Waheed Larondo and Iyanda Sawaba.
He stated that he did not at any time demand money from Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his 90th birthday as wrongly insinuated by Olakulehin, adding that, both the young and old should guard their utterances.