- Governor Makinde has denied fighting with Olubadan
- According to the governor, he was brought up to respect elders
- Going further, he said if there is any rift, they will settle it as father and son
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Tuesday, September 1, denied having any rift with his imperial majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The governor made this declaration after some people speculated that the state government was opposed to the decision of the Olubadan to install Yekini Abass as Babaloja of Oyo state.
Tribune reports that the governor insisted that there can never be issues "between them and if there are, he and Kabiyesi will settle as father and son."
He said the decision of the monarch over the babaloja position has been stamped by him because it can never be changed.
Going further, Makinde said he has respect for elders and governors must understand that the position they hold is for a short time.
“I want to say here that since Kabiyesi has taken such a decision, it is confirmed by the government as well. Kabiyesi cannot make a decision and we will overturn it.
“Those who are fond of peddling negative news about the Oyo state government and what we are doing in the state are saying there is rancour between Kabiyesi and me.
“Let me say this again that I was brought up responsibly and I will never disrespect elders. Whoever becomes governor should know that the position expires in four years, and if he wishes to seek reelection, he must come back to tell the people," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Makinde sacked the state commissioner of works, infrastructure and transport, Raphael Afonja. This was disclosed by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to the governor.
Afonja's appointment was terminated in a letter dated Monday, August 10, and signed by the secretary to the state government, Olubamiwo Adeosun.
Though the reason for the commissioner’s sack was not officially stated by the Oyo state governor, he, however, thanked Afonja for his contribution.
In another development, the Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-Council raised an alarm over the perceived presence of ISIS militants and terrorists in the southwest region of Nigeria.
The council in a statement on Tuesday, August 25, claimed that the insurgents have been sighted in places like the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo and Niger state through Ibarubalandand.
During a meeting presided over by Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, the council made it known that terrorists in form of herdsmen have already infiltrated the region.
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