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    Outrage as Ezendigbo of Ibadanland confers chieftaincy title on Olubadan

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    There has been an uproar as a self-titled Ezendigbo of Ibadan land and Oyo state, Alex Anozie, conferred an Igbo chieftaincy title of Ezi ogo ukwu Ndigbo on the Olubadan of Ibadan land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Senator Lekan Balogun.

    Anozie, who conferred the award recently in Ibadan, explained that Ndigbo on January 29, 2023 made history by gathering together to launch their almanac besides using the opportunity to honour their beloved great in-law, His Imperial Majesty, Kabiyesi Olubadan, with an Igbo title, which means a very good and great in-law of Ndigbo.

    He recalled that on December 4,2022 during their Igbo day celebration at Liberty stadium, Ibadan, Ndigbo conferred on their daughter, Her Imperial Majesty, Joyce Balogun with an Igbo Chieftaincy title of Ada Oma Ndigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state.

    Anozie observed that Kabiyesi Olubadan is married to one of their beautiful daughters of Igbo origin from Onitsha adding that the marriage is wonderfully blessed with beautiful children while the couple are living together peacefully all these years as husband and wife.

    “With the authority conferred on me by my people Ndigbo in Ibadan and Oyo state since the year 1997, I hereby confer this title on our dear Imperial majesty, Oba Lekan Balogun”, he declared, “Everything we can do to keep moving on with the peaceful and progressive manner Ndigbo and Ibadan people and indeed Yoruba have been living together in Nigeria, we shall continue to do and encourage.”

    However, this didn’t not sit well with Yoruba scholars and elders as such title was seen as an insult on the throne of Olubadan and the Yoruba race in general. Many were of the opinion that the self acclaimed Igbo king, a guest in Ibadan, overstepped his boundary by giving a title to the Olubadan kingdom, his host.

    “Àyà gbàngbà nílé onílé, hábà 🤥.😎 Àlejò conferring a title on the King on his own land! This shows how stupid we appear to have become! A mà wá r’ógo o. They are playing politics here but it is rude and we have to separate issues and disallow our revered Oba being disrespected. Ọba kii joyè n’ilẹ̀ tiwa. Nobody can confer Chieftaincy title on any of our Ọbas no matter how tiny his town his. This lady should be scolded and made to publicly denounce this nonsense and apologise to Kábíyèsí,” one wrote.

    “Abomination. Even a prince don’t take chieftancy title from other king,” wrote another.

    “One “Anozie confers chieftaincy title on Olubadan.” Meaning an Anozie (whoever he may be & wherever he may be from) conferred a chieftaincy title on the paramount ruler of Ibadan! Other than the audacity, it is even procedurally and ethically unheard of, for a paramount ruler (equivalent to a King) to now be subjected to the indignity of being regarded as a lesser Chief of whoever! Abomination buruku niyen now! That’s the height of indignity that can be visited on a King! Abi after King, wetin remain?! Conferring our Olubadan with another minor chieftaincy title is akin to subjugation. The “conferer” has essentially assumed authority over the “conferee”. It’s simple!

    “That someone would even think of doing it is one thing, that the person now actually has the gut and effrontery to actualise it is quite galling. Arinfin gba niyen! It is the worst of slight and an affront to the Stool.

    “How do you demote a paramount ruler (King) like Olubadan and now call him one of your chiefs?!

    “There was and is nothing noble behind that intention! It was a deliberate act of mischief calculated to ridicule the symbol of the people of Ibadan. Plain and simple!

    “Where else have you heard of such ridiculous conferment?! What is bad is bad please.

    “If the Olubadan can’t run the culprit out of Ibadan, let him at least reject such brazen insult with extreme prejudice! Arrant Nonsense!” a lawyer submitted.

    “Èèmọ̀!” wrote one indignantly.

    While response is being awaited from the Olubadan palace over the development, the Yoruba people are concerned about the implication of allowing such action to go unpunished.

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    1. Oluyemisi Santos

      February 10, 2023 at 8:45 am

      You will recall that Dr Mimiko as Gov of Ondo State dealt with the so-called Eze Igbo of Akure when he was rude to the then Deji of Akure, such that the Eze title was banned in the whole of Ondo State, only allowing them to use “Chief of Ibos”! I thought similar ban should have been adopted in the entire South West.
      This particular incident is highly despicable as, in Yoruba land an authentic prince cannot be conferred a chieftaincy Title by a sitting king of another Yoruba town, not to talk of a king receiving chieftaincy Title! Abomination! The implication here is that the Olubadan is a subject of the so-called Eze.
      It is unfortunate that our Igbo brethren have this in-built character of not just dominating any environment they find themselves but actually taking over other people’s domain without qualms!
      The Olubadan should take immediate action to prevent this desicration of not only the Ibadan stool, but of the Obaship institution in Yorubaland, to wit, outright withdrawal of the highly offensive and demeaning “title” along with public apology as appropriate, and henceforth, adoption of “Chief of Igbo in Ibadaland/Oyo State accordingly as was done in Ondo State by Gov Mimiko.

    2. Oluyemisi Santos

      February 10, 2023 at 8:52 am

      The so-called Eze must withdraw the offensive and demeaning title and also offer a public apology in appropriate media, and secondly the title of Eze ndigbo should be replaced with Chief of Igbo in Ibadaland/Oyo State as appropriate.

    3. Kola

      February 10, 2023 at 8:42 pm

      In the those days, they would pronounce that the head of the father of the self acclaimed Eze be brought to the palace for such an insult. How come? From where to where? Anyway, I am sure the palace will give to him the response the ‘yeye’ Eze deserves and within short period if nothing is heard, Ibadan youth will take charge.

    4. Malik A.

      February 11, 2023 at 12:30 am

      This is nothing but mischief by the writer of this article. The writer of this nonsense should go back and tell his paymasters that they have failed once again. You are deliberating trying to twist issues out of context and spin a narrative. Ko work!

    5. Abduljelili Aderogba

      February 11, 2023 at 12:38 am

      Awon òtè!!!! The so-called certificate is a novelty document that accompanied the award. Is it possible to confer a chieftaincy on someone wearing a crown? Why all these lies nitori Olorun? E jáwó nínú iro.

    6. Tajudeen Matti

      February 11, 2023 at 5:27 am

      Height of insult

    7. Olurin Olaleye

      February 11, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      Ti eru ba pe nile alajobi ni o ma nbu. These people have over stepped their boundaries.

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