OLUBADAN of Ibadanland, Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II was on Sunday, tasked to use his political experience, academic attainment and business exposure to make Ibadan better than he met it.
This task was given by Emeritus Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Archbishop Sunday Makinde in his sermon at the Coronation/Installation Thanksgiving Service held at the Methodist Cathedral of Light, Agodi Diocese, Ibadan.
The clergyman, who said Ibadan had transformed from being a town, city or metropolis to a mini world told the monarch that things had changed tremendously from what they were in the past with a lot of things that were not available then now being part of the society.
According to Makinde, “Ibadan of the past is not the same as Ibadan of today. Ibadan has become a world and not just a city. Ibadan has 25 nationalities with about six million people according to a research conducted by scholar.
“It was a town when your father reigned; it is now a world, a centre of economy, politics, culture which needs divine rule and wisdom to direct. Like King Solomon of the old required of divine wisdom from God to rule the people of Israel, we seek from God for your divine wisdom to rule Ibadan-the new world”, he said.
While asking the monarch to make Ibadan better than he met it, the clergyman noted that “the world is not static; we have to move with time. Whatever reform that needs to be carried out in the traditional system must be done with native intelligence and devoid of any acrimony”.
Specifically, the retired Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria wanted the monarch to address the issue of security by working closely with his high chiefs, mogajis and baales, noting that the government belongs to the traditional institution.
He said, ”before colonisation, our traditional rulers were administering our societies perfectly well in Africa and it was what they were doing that the colonial masters inherited and tried to set them aside.
“Yet, it is an indisputable fact that the traditional institution truly constitutes what is government properly and I want to enjoy your Imperial Majesty to use your position in concert with your able lieutenants to ensure that peace reigns in Ibadanland.
“Kabiyesi, I seek for your passion for Aliiwo, passion for Lagelu/Egbeda, passion for Ibadan, passion for Oyo State and passion for Nigeria. If there is peace in Ibadan, Nigeria will be peaceful. Let the mogajis be up and doing and any area that there’s the breach of the peace, the head of such area must be called upon to account for such incident”, the elder statesman added.
To ensure that the traditional institution works very well, Archbishop Makinde swelled the call for the creation of state police, insisting that the present arrangement of one central command system for the entire police force across the country remains anachronistic and unworkable for a modern society.
He commended the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde for his cultural sagacity and painstakingness during the succession process which made the coronation possible and the thanksgiving service being held, adding, “he made our gathering here today possible”.
The President-General, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Prince Oluyemisi Adeaga, who reacted on behalf of Olubadan-in-Council commended the thanksgiving service initiative which he described as Olubadan taking after Kings David and Solomon in the Bible and expressed conviction that God would honour Oba Balogun as He did for the two Kings mentioned.
Prince Adeaga also remarked the roles played by Archbishop Makinde during the initial hiccups described as satan’s attempt to rear its ugly head in Ibadan traditional system affairs and disclosed that the roles played by the clergyman in no small measure contributed to the peaceful resolution.