By Adeola Badru
IBADAN—THE face-off between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, became obvious yesterday as the traditional ruler shunned the celebration of the country’s 57th independence anniversary, while other traditional rulers like the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi were in attendance.
The continued absence of the monarch at the state’s official functions might not be unconnected with the recent crowning of 21 Obas by the governor, a move said to be against the monarch’s wish.
While reading the president’s address, at the occasion, held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Governor Ajimobi, who was accompanied by top government functionaries, said the APC government’s promises to restore security, re-balancing the economy and fight against corruption were not mere rhetorics.
He recalled that the country in the past two years has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom, just as he assured the people of better days ahead and urged them to support the economic policies of the government.
The governor said the president noted the recent calls for restructuring, adding that the call, which is quite proper in a legitimate debate, has left highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country, emphasising that the country would not allow such advocacy.
Ajimobi, however, admonished all Nigerians to use the occasion for sober reflection as a result of the economic downturn.
He enjoined Nigerians to bear with the governments at all levels as they strive to take the country back to greatness, adding that the Federal Government was trying its best to reverse the economic situation of the country.
The event which was held in a low key, had 50 schools participating in the match past with other youth organisations.