ABUJAâ€”The presidency yesterday explained that its visit to some traditional rulers in the Southwest without visiting the Olubadan of Ibadan was not a show of disregard for the leader and People of Ibadan.
The Olubadan in council had alleged that the Presidentâ€™s decision to visit the Alaafin of Oyo and the Ooni of Ife without extending such visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan was a disregard for the leader and People of Ibadan.
But in a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said the President held the leader and People of Ibadan in very high esteem.
He said: â€œThe report that appeared in sections of the media quoting a statement that was issued by the Olubadan in Council with regards to the recent visit to the South west by President Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan on the talking drum presented to him by the Alafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi(iii) in his Palace in Oyo yesterday.
File: President Goodluck Jonathan on the talking drum presented to him by the Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi(iii) in his Palace in Oyo.
â€œOlubadan in that statement was alleged to have accused the President of disregarding the Olubadan stool, that he passed through Ibadan without stopping by to see the Olubadan and then went to Oyo to see the Alafin of Oyo. And that by reckoning of Olubadan in Council, this suggest that the President gives more recognition to the Alafin of Oyo. Somewhere in the statement he made mention of the chairmanship of the traditional council.
â€œLet me use this opportunity to make it clear that the President holds Olubadan, people of Ibadan and people of Oyo State and the people of the South west in general in very high esteem.
â€œHe considers the Olubadan a father and a great Nigerian and has enjoyed excellent relationship with Olubadan, the people of Ibadan, people of Oyo State and the people of South west. And that indeed since he assumed office he has been to the palace of Olubadan to pay homage. But on this particular occasion it happened that the schedule of the President indicate that he has at least two trips to Ibadan within the first quarter of the year. He will be in Ibadan for the PDP South west rally and he is scheduled to visit and pay homage to the Olubadan. The Olubadan will be celebrating his 100 years birthday in April and the President has been previously scheduled to visit.
â€œSo for these reasons you can see very clearly that there was no intention to ignore the Olubadanâ€™s palace to pay homage to him. And in due course the President will be in Ibadan.
â€œThe President will like to express his good wishes to the Olubadan that he holds him, the people of Ibadan, people of the state and people of the South west in high esteem and will not do anything that will distract the excellent relationship that he has with the Olubadan and that he will continue to enjoy with the people of the South west.â€