There is palpable tension among some traditional rulers in Ogun State as the governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, might soon remove them, DAILY POST can report.
Abiodun, in a statement on Friday, disclosed that the Chieftaincy Review Committee he earlier set up has recommended among other things in its report, “the reversal of the hasty upgrade of some Baales by the immediate past administration.”
Recall that former Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, at the twilight of his administration, upgraded 75 local chiefs, known as Baales, to Coronet Obas.
But Abiodun, after his inauguration on May 29, constituted a Chieftaincy Review Committee on June 17 to look into what he described as an unprecedented development in the traditional institution.
The committee, headed by the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, while submitting its report on Friday, berated the past administration for upgrading Baales to Coronet Obas without the recommendation of their respective First Class Obas.
Oba Olugbenle regretted that the prestige of the traditional institution has over the years nosedived as it has lost respect due to political interference.
“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.