4th January, 2019
As already known to the entire world, Ibadanland operates a Republican System of Chieftaincy Rule where there is no Ruling House, no sacred crowns, no complicated Ifa Oracle Consultations, resulting in very smooth transition from one king to the next that cannot be compared with any other system in Yorubaland. Despite the beauty of the system however, use of rule of thumb, informality and personal discretion have become too prominent in the day-to-day running of the affairs of Ibadanland from one palace to the other.
The CCII as a proactive body has discovered the need to immediately address these issues especially in the face of some recent events in our traditional system in order to continue to protect the homogeneity of our city. The Executive Council of the CCII has therefore decided to constitute an all Ibadan Committee of Erudite Scholars, Technocrats in Chieftaincy Matters, Legal Luminaries, etc, to look into the matter and make suggestions to the Olubadan in Council which may later present the sections of the suggestions which it may consider necessary for gazetting to the Government of Oyo State as guidelines to the current Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Law.
The Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi was notified of this move on 4th September, 2018 at a formal visit of the CCII Executives to his office and he gave his consent.
The specific Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Committee are as follows;
- To lay down the criteria and qualifications for award of Honorary Chieftaincy Titles in Ibadanland to ensure that only credible people with honest means of livelihood carry Ibadan titles.
- To lay down the procedure and requirements for recognition of Family Heads (Mogajis) by the Olubadan in Council to avoid duplication of Mogajis within the same family and its attendant family crisis.
- To come up with clear-cut position on the appointing and consenting authorities on the position of Iyaloja and Babaloja of Ibadanland and any new Oba in Ibadanland.
- To come up with a workable Code of Conduct to guide the relationship of other Obas in Ibadanland with the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
- To consider and if found necessary recommend the constitution of a Mediation Body of Ibadan Indigenes and Chief who would intervene in any crisis that may involve all members of the Olubadan in Council in future.
- To come up with clear-cut position on the extent of the involvement of members of the families of the Olubadan in Council Members in the running of the affairs of Ibadanland and conduct of the Olubadan in Council meetings.
- To study all the past reviews in the Olubadan Chieftaincy Laws with a view to making suggestions to remove the various sections that may be detrimental to the age-long smooth transition and rancourless ascention to the throne of the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
- To study the existing Olubadan Chieftaincy Laws and provide clarification as to the procedures and authorities for appointment of Kings in Ibadanland and where necessary, recommend ways to normalize any breach of the procedures.
- To create prestige, respect and flamboyancy around the office of the Olubadan of Ibadanland and make the entire office of the Olubadan in Council act as catalyst for the development of Ibadanland.
- To come up with clearly demarcated line of authority, reporting format, limits of power, appointing and consenting powers, greetings and homage paying procedures, etc as may become necessary between the positions of other Obas, High Chiefs, Senior and Traditional Chiefs in Ibadan Land.
- To develop new and additional means of funding the offices of the members of the Olubadan in Council and the completion of a permanent palace for the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
This press release has become necessary to prevent a situation where people misunderstand or misrepresent the intention of the CCII in securing a better future for Ibadanland.
Yemi Soladoye. Barr. Kunle Isola.
President General, CCII. Legal Adviser, CCII.
Mr. Ademola Alabi.
Publicity Secretary, CCII.