Olubadan attacks Jonathan, Governor Ajimobi, over visit to Alaafin

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has angered a leading Yoruba monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Samuel Odulana Odugade, who has now issued a strongly-worded statement, describing the trip as an affront and a ridicule of the Ibadan chieftaincy institution.

President Jonathan had on February 15 embarked on a royalty shuttle to Kano, Oyo, Ile-Ife and Lagos during which he visited the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero; the Alafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III; the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade; and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

The reasons for the visits are unclear. But there are speculations that they were part of the president’s political consultations ahead of the forthcoming National Conference and the 2015 presidential election.

During his visit to Oyo state, the presidential plane carrying Mr. Jonathan landed in Ibadan airport before he took a chopper to Ife in Osun State to visit the Ooni of Ife, and then to Oyo town, to visit the Alaafin of Oyo.

That the president passed through Ibadan without stopping by his palace has now irked the Ibadan monarch.

Mr. Odugade on Wednesday expressed anger that after landing in Ibadan, Mr. Jonathan disregarded him, the current Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, and proceeded to visit Mr. Adeyemi.

In a statement, the secretary of the Olubadan-in-council, Kamoru Liasu, described the President’s itinerary that day as an ‘affront.’


He accused the President and the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who accompanied him on the visit, of committing an act capable of jeopardizing the peace of the state and bringing the Ibadan chieftaincy institution into disrepute.

The Olubadan described the visit as selective and said he and other members of his council waited for the President without realizing the latter was going to breach protocol by ignoring the Ibadan monarch.

He said rather than visit him first; the president went straight to the state governor, who went with him to the Alaafin’s palace in Oyo.

The Olubadan said the actions indicate that Governor Ajimobi still recognises the Alaafin of Oyo as the permanent chairman of the State Council of Obas and Chiefs, contrary to the state’s existing chieftaincy law, as amended in 2011, where it is stated that the chairmanship position should be rotated between the Alaafin, the Olubadan, and Soun of Ogbomosoland every two years.

The Ibadan monarch appealed to Messrs Jonathan and Ajimobi to desist from carrying out misleading acts capable of jeopardizing the peace of the state and bringing the Ibadan chieftaincy institution into disrepute.

When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, the presidency said President Jonathan holds the Olubadan and the people of Ibadan in high esteem and would continue to do so.

Saying the concerns expressed by the palace was probably due to lack of adequate information, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Communications, Reuben Abati, said the president had already lined up two different visits to Ibadan within this first quarter of the year.

Mr. Abati explained that President Jonathan is billed to attend the South-West zonal rally of the Peoples Democratic Party holding in the city as well as the centenary birthday celebration of the Olubadan. He said the two trips are planned to include visits to the palace of the Olubadan.

The presidential spokesperson added, “The President appreciates the overwhelming supports he enjoys from the Olubadan, the people of Oyo state and the South-West in general.

“The Olubadan is a father and since the president assumed office, he has visited him twice. He enjoys an excellent relationship with the Olubadan and his palace and that’s something he cherishes.

“Therefore, he has no reason whatsoever to treat the palace and the people of Ibadan in anyway that will damage that excellent relationship.”

In its reaction, the Oyo state Government said it played no role in drawing up the president’s itinerary and should not be blamed for how the presidency handled the visit to the Alaafin.

A spokesperson to the administration, who asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES Governor Ajimobi only received the letter informing him of the president’s movement on Friday evening, and that the only role the governor played on Saturday was to accompany Mr. Jonathan to his destinations while in the state.


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  • max

    It is a private visit and more over Jonathan can choose whoever he wishes to visit. How dare that an oba of just a local government issued a statement over a visit of president and commander in chief. Is he mad or something. Who is he?
    That we have a cool headed president does not mean that any clown in the name of oba who was installed by just a few Nigerians will issue a statement against president of Nigeria.
    The oba or whatever should vent his anger and frustration and limit it to those who he represent and recognize him he should not take his madness to the president of Nigeria.

    • Soji

      Stupidity talking on your path….

    • Adekunle

      Stupidity talking on your path, Sir!… Common sense dictates that when the President lands on the soil of one Oba, he should pay a courtesy call, before proceeding to his port of call. The moronic Governor of the State, who should know better, should have advised the President accordingly.

      • concernednigerian

        I am not seeing any stupidity on the part of Max. Perhaps the language may be a bit indecorous but what powers has the Oba over metropolitan Ibadan in this day and age? By the way did they not say that Ibadan was once a garrison town of the Alaafin and if so what was wrong in passing through Ibadan to pay homage to the Alaafin?

        • Peter2000

          Don’t mind them, he said nothing worse than this people of hate, don’t say daily about Jonah.

        • Rico

          Sorry, Ibadan was never a garrison town of Oyo, the settlers in Ibadan were originally from Oyo Ile which is different from Oyo Alaafin, They were warriors and Ibadan is sorrounded by many villages and towns which were former outposts of Ibadanland during the war era, hence the reason they say ‘ there is no Ibadan Indigene without a farm settlement’ if not, you are not an Ibadan person. we know our history, don’t twist it.

          • concernednigerian

            I am sorry I did not mean to distort your history.

          • Rico

            Thanks bro!

          • Ayour Pee

            “I am sorry” …. Is this coming from a Nigerian on the internet? Surely there’s hope someday!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Ibadan was an Egba village until 1803; peopled and settled by warriors.

            It was the first Yoruba settlement that broke with the traditional form of hierarchy because it needed to accommodate and recognise the ambitions of so many warlords that inhabited it as a fallout of the internecine Yoruba warfare.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          I truly wish folks would see this in the same perspective.

          First, the traditional rulers in our ‘modern day’ Nigeria became relics because the colonial rulers i.e. the British wanted them to be irrelevant in order to make colonial rule effective. Never mind that these same people did not fail to continue highlighting the importance of the Queen as the head of the government in UK and the Commonwealth (nothing wrong in the later, by the way).

          If we are to rediscover ourselves, we will look inward into Africa to derive African solutions to African problems.

          The reality with the present situation is that President Jonathan erred by ignoring protocol with the snubbing of the Olubadan. If he held some traditional rulers in esteem enough to visit them, he should have been wise enough to go the whole way, not part of the way. Anything worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

    • Dele

      Private visit? Jonathan should kukuma have flown his jet straight to Oyo.

    • Salvage Naija

      Sorry Mr Max, Olubadan is not a mad man o, neither is he an Oba of a local government. Please kindly read the history. Politics is not played on who sits on that throne. Please kindly refrain from that insult abeg. Even your president will not dare disrespect the Olubadan.

      • Omoba

        God bless you, Salvage Naija. People like Mr Mad Max have no knowledge of history or respect for tradition.

    • naija man

      you are realy mad for not respecting Elder.idiot.

    • Rico

      You must be very crazy with your utterance, how dare you insult the mantle of the kingship of Ibadanland? the land of the warriors? you are being watched and monitored max, if you don’t have respect for your tradition and cultural heritage, we do! and will not hesitate in taking every step to hunt you by all means in technological and intelligent world if you did not apologize for your ignorant outburst

      • Peter2000

        shraaap and go to sleep. You the same lots that respect none but your own.

        • Rico

          I have no time for ignorant and nuisance like you, there is nothing interesting in a notorious human being except to be watched, everybody enjoys watching a mad man’s dance, but nobody wants to partake in it, i arrest my case with you.

          • Peter2000

            Go to sleep, before you spew your cowardice crap.

    • redeem

      The oba is right-the fault lies with the state governor and the socalled spokes-person of the president who should have told his boss what to do-Abati is Yoruba-and so should have known better–as for the governor he is APC so he can afford to mislead the president to the joy of tinubu-these yorubas are becoming something else

      • falaye ore

        Redeem, you and Max are fools. You always play politics on all issues. What do you use your brain to do? Do you use it as walking stick? I don’t think you have tradition from where you come from. Why do you blame Ajumobi? Is it him that invited your kindergaten president to Ibadan? A president and his team that do not know simple protocol tell me what he even know? That is the reason he has been moving from pillar to pole without head way. Which kind of education do you receive in your area if a doctorial holder is so clueless and bereft of sound idear?

  • Alhaja

    Even if the President who is neither a Yoruba man nor an Ibadan man, does not know the protocol, Ajimobi who is the State Governor and an Ibadan man himself, ought to have guided President Jonathan accordingly. Ajimobi has no regard for the Olubadan kingdom and is proving to be a grade one omo ale. His waterloo awaits him.

  • Sule Ganiyu

    Ajimobi is finished in Ibadan.

  • Adejoke Rafiat Adetoro

    Mr Jide Jegede kindly try to correct your post the Olubadan’s name is Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade and not Olugade. Thanks

  • ayoyo

    Simple protocol and courtesy, whoever arranged for the president to ignore Olubadan was wrong. The president too should have known better. The president’s trip was planned and it is hard to believe that this omission was nothing but deliberate. The question then is why?

    • Rico

      We should ask the Abati bastard that forgot part of his role in relation to tradition, ‘a kii koja lojude oba, ka ma ki oba’ Abati has thrown away all training for cash.

  • boliatepa

    The Olubadan had no crown until 1976 when Jembewon made him one. Who is the Olubadan? Awon oba oni fila!!! Alaafin is the number one king among the Yorubas, even supreme to the Ooni. Who is the olubadan? A glorified chief. Mind you, I am just an historically-aware Yorubaman, I am not from Ibadan, Oyo or Ife.

    • Rico

      Akotileta or what name did you use as handle, no matter when a king is crowned or what type of crown he wears, a king is a king, stop being an untrained Yoruba person, maybe they did not teach you as part of training that ‘ a kii koja lojude oba ka ma ki oba’ i am sure every well trained Yoruba with pride knows that.

      • emmanuel

        Bros an untrained Yoruba person is the one who hate lies and do not cover up?

        • Rico

          You totally missed the point, where does your comment relates to the issue? does your point relates to the homage not paid or the fact that Olubadan is a king or that Ibadan is not a part of Nigeria to reckon with ? make your point clear and stop being sentimentally obnoxious.

    • Rico

      Then you must be from Ekiti or Ondo, those are Ibadan haters.

  • Lanre

    Premium Times. Please do you have a section for Entertainment? Please file this news item under that section, possibly under Romance and Affairs of the Heart (sub-section). What a joke!

  • Olami

    I was surprised too that the President did not visit the Olubadan,his Advisers & Ministers especially the one from Ibadan,Ms Olajumoke Akinjide needed to be blamed for this not the Governor,who was only aware of the visit barely 24 hours to it.

  • Timothy Adebayo Fasheun

    The president breached simple protocol. The Governor should have advised him. By the way how did the Olubadan get information of the visit and had to await the President in his palace? There was a miscommunication somewhere.

  • Babatoks

    A slight on the people of Ibadan and the Olubadan. Ibadan has long been the political bedrock of Nigeria. Whoever planned Mr President’s itinerary was bereft of the the political relevance of Ibadan and exhibited a total lack and gross breach of protocol in traditional hierarchy of the Yorubas. And this is putting it very mildly.

    Jumoke Akinjide and the PDP in the state should be blamed for this disrespect to the Olubadan, who incidentally is her monarch. The Governor does not plan the itinerary of the President; he can only make an input and that is if asked. Jumoke Akinjide, as a Minister and top PDP person in Jonathan’s government from Oyo State, would have been consulted in drawing up the President’s itinerary to her state. Even at the show, she only invited her own illusionary “faction” of PDP and not the main PDP in the state. She will definitely not be our Governor in any foreseeable future, nor will she ever win any election in Oyo State

  • Adekunle

    This kindergarten President again?

  • Afam

    What is all this rubbish about? just a visit? please God divide this country let people who want to worship their fellow human being do so…

    • Rico

      You probably don’t read the bible that well or don’t believe in God’s word, hence your utterance, all the king asked for was mentioned in the bible and not strange in the preaching of Jesus Christ, don’t be hate filled because the king is from the region you so despised.

  • Adejoke Rafiat Adetoro

    Mr Jide Jegede thanks for the correction.

  • shorebattery

    Jonathan was sorely wrong! I don’t know whether he understands what protocol means! It is a grave insult on the Olubadan; and it is out of the point that the president had scheduled a visit later for Ibadan. How could the president behave that way? You arrive in someone’s domain, you bypass him without uttering a greeting? Haba! Coming to tradition, Abati, Okupe and other aides of Yoruba extraction should have advised Jonathan adequately on the implication of that kind of action. Maybe the people of Otuoke and other Bayelsa people behave that way; surely it is a near abomination in Yoruba land. As a president, Jonathan must learn all the do’s and don’ts of all parts of Nigeria. Nigeria is the president’s constituency.

  • Comfortkay

    Ibadan is the biggest city in West Africa in case the President Goodluck doesn’t know. I wonder what kind of President we have and what kind of advisers does he has around him.
    Olubadan you don’t need the visit of GEJ, the people of Ibadan are all behind you Kabiyesi Ki Ade pe lori, ki bata pe lese.