Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State is set to dethrone about seventy-five monarchs in the state.
This was part of the recommendations of the Chieftaincy Review Committee set up by the Governor to review the hasty upgrade of some Baales to Coronet kings by the immediate past governor, Ibikunle Amosun at the twilight of his administration.
The Head of the Committee, Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle while submitting the report of the committee on Friday decried incessant political interference in matters of the traditional institution, noting that this has negatively affected the institution.
“It is absurd to see traditional rulers in political robes. As traditional rulers, they are to see all the people as their children, irrespective of political affiliations”, he said.
Olugbenle said Amosun did not follow the due process in the upgrade of the baales and as such, their upgrade should be reversed with immediate effect.
“Baales are minor Chiefs. Their upgrade should be recommended by the First Class oba who appoint them in the first place. Some Coronet Obas were upgraded without their (Prescribed authorities’) knowledge and we have recommended that they remain Baales. If they are to be upgraded, the requirements should be followed”, the Paramount Ruler posited.
While receiving the report, Governor Abiodun promised to study, review and take appropriate actions over it, noting that his administration is on the course of re-positioning the traditional institution.
He said “We are confident, however, that during our time, sanity has come to stay, necessary respect will be accorded our traditional rulers who are not only our fathers but also the ones who can truly aid security through grassroots engagement with the good people of Ogun State.”
It was gathered that the affected persons are already restless because they may soon be demoted to their former positions.