The past administration in Oyo State have been actively involved in traditional matters, especially the appointment of traditional leaders, deletion or removers of leaders, granting and withholding of allowances but unlike others Governor Seyi Makinde has promised not to interfere in the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system.
The governor spoke during the 86th birthday anniversary and chieftaincy celebration of Mrs. Theresa Oyekanmi, at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Oyekanmi was recently installed as the 14th Iyalode of Ibadan land after the death of Alhaja Aminat Abiodun.
Makinde, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs. Funmi Orisadeyi, said: “As your son, I am reassuring you of my support for the progress of Ibadan. Let me re-state that I will not interfere in the Ibadan traditional chieftaincy system.”
The governor solicited the support of traditional institutions for his administration in transforming the state, and congratulated Chief Oyekanmi.
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, prayed that his reign and that of the Iyalode would last and bring growth to Ibadan land.
The event was attended by prominent sons and daughters of Ibadan.
Among those present were Oba Lekan Balogun, Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land; Chief Lekan Alabi, Agbaakin of Ibadan land; and Chief Sarafadeen Alli, a former secretary to the state government.