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NIGERIA: Soun Commends Olubadan, Jonathan over Resolution of Misunderstanding

The Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, has lauded the amicable resolution of the misunderstanding between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Odulana Odugade and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan had last weekend visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, a move Odugade considered a slight on his office and person.
However, Jonathan was quick in apologising to the revered monarch, explaining that since he plans to visit the Olubadan twice between now and April, he thought an earlier visit would be an overkill.
The Olubadan was prompt in accepting the explanation calling on Jonathan not to create the impression that he had a favourite among the obas in Oyo State.
Commending the amicable resolution of what he considered a misunderstanding,  Oyewumi told Odugade and Jonathan that their decision to quickly put the issue behind them was commendable and a sign of maturity.
In a statement issued last Friday by his Private Secretary, Toyin Ajamu, the Soun appreciated Jonathan’s position that he holds Odugade, the people of Ibadan, the indigenes of the state and the South-west in general in high esteem.
Ajamu said it was comforting that Jonathan plans to visit the Olubadan in the next few weeks, an indication that his government is a listening one that accepts constructive criticism.
He, however, urged the president to also take into cognisance the fact that the state has three paramount rulers of equal standing and he should accord the three the same status and respect.
Soun listed the three monarchs who rotate the chairmanship of the state Council of Obas among themselves as the Olubadan of Ibadan, the Alaafin of Oyo and the Soun of Ogbomoso.
Ajamu advised Jonathan to ensure that none of the highly revered traditional rulers is left out during the next presidential visit and in any matter that will require the involvement of the traditional institution in future.
He added: “The president and his aides are hereby urged to make corrections as promised so as to promote the unity and development of this nation without creating divisions.”

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