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Olubadan Declaration Review: Memoranda requests for beaded crowns.



THE Oyo State Government has stated that the massive attendance and response by various stakeholders to the ongoing Olubadan Declaration Review panel has justified and vindicated its action revealing that 91 out of the 118 memoranda received during the open sessions requested for additional beaded crowns while the remaining 27 hinged on the review of ascendancy into the Olubadan stool.

The government reiterated its position that the proposed review is not targeted at any individual or group of people, saying that it is for the development, modernization as well as growth of the traditional council of Ibadan, Ibadanland and the state in general.

It noted that change is the only constant in life, stressing that all parties will eventually be convinced of the sincerity of government’s proposition.

The government equally said that its action is within the ambit of the law of the Olubadan Declaration of 1957, assuring that it will be just and fair in examining the recommendations of the Justice Boade’s panel and align with the wishes of Ibadan people.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun stated in a statement on Sunday that the action of the government has precedence and it is in tandem with the aspirations of the people, saying, “It is high time we reiterated our earlier position and put issues in proper perspective. The action of the government is backed by law, there are precedents, the governor has the power to review the declaration and most importantly the government is fulfilling the yearnings of the people.

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“We are not being political with this issue and not targeting any individual. The purpose is to elevate the status of the Olubadan title and pave the way for the development and modernization of Ibadan chieftaincy and Ibadan towns and city. We are running an all inclusive government and our government believes in collective responsibility in the Ajumose spirit. Our decision to review the Olubadan Declaration of 1957 was a response to several calls by stakeholders and we will follow the principles of openness, fairness and justice,” Arulogun explained.

The government spokesman further disclosed that members of the Olubadan in Council, many high chiefs in Ibadan, stakeholders including Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Ibadan Elders Forum, Ibadan Progressive Union, Association of Recognised Mogajis, All the War Lords’ families in Ibadan and eminent individuals attended the sitting of the panel which lasted three weeks, pointing out that the panel received 118 memoranda during its sitting.

The commissioner, however explained that the panel, which finished its sitting on Friday June 23, 2017 and requested for four weeks extension, received 91 chieftaincy memoranda requesting for beaded crowns in Ibadan land, while the remaining 27 memoranda hinged on the review of ascendancy into the Olubadan stool.

According to him, “the support and participation the Justice Boade’s panel received shows that the government is on course with its action. We are not doing this unilaterally, all stakeholders are involved and they have showed their support. This does not give any indication to the recommendations of the panel’s reports and we are not interested in pre-empting what the report will be. We want the people to also wait for the outcome of the panel’s recommendations and we promise to be fair and just.”

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He urged the people to see the government’s action from modernization and developmental view points rather than the political, emphasising that the yearnings of the people will always be superior to individual opinions and aspirations assuring that the government will not renege on its principles of openness, fairness, justice as well as the collective responsibility and all inclusiveness it is known for.




Ex-Oyo ALGON boss rejoices with Ibarapa-born billionaire Ayandele at 60



Former  Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria )ALGON) in Oyo State, Chief Ademola Ojo  has felicitated with All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Dr Olusola Ayandele as he clocked 60.

Ojo, described the Ibarapa-born billionaire  as a patriot, politician and leader who have contributed to the advancement of the nation’s democracy as well as nurtured many individuals to greatness.

The ex-council gaffer states this  in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan  the state capital.

Ayandele was an APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election and presently a senatorial hopeful.

According to the ex-ALGON Chief, the renowned businessman and philanthropist had brought great political, economic as well as social success to the state and Nigeria.

“I feel inspired and motivated most times by your doggedness, forthrightness and knack for truth at all times. You are leader worthy of emulation.

“I celebrate you my dear brother and leader. Your courage, character, wisdom, strength and simplicity stands you out always. May the Almighty fill your future with blessings, ” he said.

Also, Mr Olusola Adeleke, a Personal Assistant to Ayandele, joined to felicitate his boss whom he described as reliable, dependable and visionary boss.

He   described Ayandele as a renowned businessman, philanthropist, leader and political gargantuan with uncommon sagacity.

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“Your commitment and selfless service to humanity has brought tremendous development to Ibarapaland, Oyo State as well as Nigeria. You are a rare gem boss and you will forever be appreciated.

“I wish you more years of sound health, peace and glory as you celebrate. Happy birthday to my dear boss,” he submitted.

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Oyo APC scribe celebrates Ayandele at 60



Caretaker Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state, Hon.  Mojeed Olaoya, has described the former gubernatorial aspirant of the party in the state, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, as a pride to Nigeria and humanity as a whole.

Olaoya remarked while celebrating the  60th birthday of the Ibarapa-born Ayandele who is a staunch player in the business and political space of the country.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday and which he personally signed, Olaoya expressed his delight about Ayandele being always available to help the cause of the poor and less-privileged in the society.

“For the good people of Ibarapaland, Oyo state and Nigeria in general, the man (Olusola Ayandele) is a rare blessing and he deserves to be celebrated everyday having made a lot of difference as a businessman, politician and philanthropist for a very long time.

“As an academic and scholar, Ayandele made his indelible mark by imparting knowledge on a great population of young people. And more importantly, his positive contribution to the economy of Nigeria cannot be underestimated as he is leading investor and creator of employment opportunities of all time. To crown it all, Dr. Ayandele decided to dabble into partisan politics to enable him do more for the society and he has not disappointed his people.

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“To this end, it is worthwhile to join several thousands of people globally to celebrate the enigma known as Eruobodo on this auspicious occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary as we pray God to grant him the opportunity of long life, sound health and prosperity”, the statement  added.

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Oyo commissioner, Olatunbosun urges citizens to disregard panic messages over ultimatum to herdsmen



Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun has disclosed that citizens of the State should disregard a voice note message urging people in Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday 22nd of January due to a purported ultimatum issued by some individuals to a Fulani Community in Igangan, Ibarapa area of Oyo State.

Recall that the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has warned individuals to respect the constitutional rights of any Nigerian to live anywhere in the country in a peaceful manner and condemned the said ultimatum in a state broadcast to the people of the state

A voice note, being circulated on Wednesday by one woman from London simply known as ‘Remi’ has urged residents of Ibadan to stay indoors on Friday so as to avoid any crisis that might arise from the outcome of the ultimatum issued to the Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan.

Olatubosun said the message was targeted at causing panic among the people and to tarnish the efforts of the present administration in tackling insecurity in the State.

He said Oyo State indigenes at home and in the diaspora ought to give support to the government and not to cause disaffection and unnecessary panic over an issue that has been adequately addressed by the government and concerned security agencies.

He added that the people of the State, especially in Ibadan should go about their businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.

“It is funny to hear that somebody was sending voice note from London, warning Ibadan people not to venture out on Friday because of an ultimatum issued to a Fulani Herdsmen Community in Igangan, in Ibarapa area.

“This is an issue that has been addressed by the government that nobody has the power to give such ultimatum, the constitution of Nigeria does not allow for it, especially when the said Community is not constituting security threat to lives and properties of the people.

“The government of Oyo State and security apparatus are working around the clock to give the people of the State the required peaceful atmosphere that will engender economic growth, we therefore urge our people, especially in Ibadan to ignore the voice note message and go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attack from any quarter.”

The commissioner called on the residents of the State to be wary of scaremongers who he said could create psychological crisis where such was not in existence.

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