The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has promoted no fewer than ten traditional chiefs in the city.
The ten traditional chiefs were promoted from the Balogun lineage to Olubadan throne at the weekend.
DAILY POST reports that the promotion became necessary as a result of the demise of Chief Buhari Adebisi.
Adebisi is a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government.
He was untill his death, the Ayingun Balogun of Ibadanland.
Those promoted by the Olubadan at the event which took place at the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan, included Chief Tirimisiyu Fijabi Arowolo Obisesan who was promoted from Aare Ago to Ayingun Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Wasiu Delodun Adegboyega Ajimobi from Lagunna to Aare Ago Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Mikail Gboyega Olawoyin Orogunmodi from Oota to Lagunna Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Babajide Taofeek Ayoade from Aregbe Omo to Oota Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Lateef Adetokunbo Akintola from Gbonka to Aregbe Omo Balogun of Ibadanland.
Others are Alhaji Nureni Adebayo Akanbi from Aare Onibon to Gbonka Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Kayode Afolabi Kadelu from Bada to Aare Onibon Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke from Ajia to Bada Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Monsuru Abiola Olatunji Arulogun from Jagun to Ajia Balogun of Ibadanland and Chief Taiwo Ige Kamorudeen Akande from Mogaji Odunlami Family Olorisaoko to Jagun Balogun of Ibadanland.
The newly promoted Bada Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said there was the need for the government to involve traditional rulers in governance.
He added that this was because they were the closest to the people.
He said there was the need for the government to involve traditional rulers in governance, particularly on the security issue.
Adegoke called for constitutional amendment by the National Assembly to accommodate such roles for traditional rulers in governance.
“Traditional rulers are closer to the people than local government chairmen. It is very hard to see anyone who will not recognise their monarch but they may not even know their local government chairman.
“Therefore, for democracy to thrive, there is the need for the involvement of traditional rulers in governance particularly in the area of security,” he said.
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