The Bobajiro of Ibadan, Chief Theophilus Akinleye, has said that he warned the Justice Boade Commission of Inquiry set up by the Oyo State Government against recommending wearing of beaded crowns by any other Ibadan Obas except the Olubadan.
Chief Akinleye, in a statement issued, denied ever suggesting Ibadan needs new beaded-crown-wearing obas in his memorandum to the Commission of Inquiry.
The 85-year old retired permanent secretary referred the people of Ibadan to his book: Ibadan Traditional System: Reform And Regeneration, which was published in 2011.
He said; “I owe it a duty to categorically state my position on the issues involved in the current developments enveloping the Olubadan Chieftaincy system for the sake of consistency, truth and personal integrity, and to avoid the possibility of being misquoted or misunderstood by anybody or group.
“At no time did I suggest that Ibadanland needs the proliferation of Obas nor the wearing of beaded crowns. In this regard, I would like to invite attention to the portion of the following pages of my book (pages 83-84) which would appear to have become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“The book then in Chapters 7 and 8 made a number of recommendations regarding pointers to the need for reform and regeneration including measured operational steps to be taken in the short and long term regarding feasible logistics over a decade or two.”