By Bankole Taiwo Abeokuta
Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olu-gbenle has described as very disgusting for traditional rulers to be wearing political robes lamenting that the prestige and respect accorded traditional institutions has over the years nosedived due to political interference.
Oba Kehinde Olugbenle also chided immediate past government of Sen Ibikunle Amosun for not following due process before elevating 75 baales to Coronet obas few days to the end of his government saying that the chieftaincy review committee that he chaired has therefore recommended their sacked.
The royal father stated this while presenting report of his committee to the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta
Oba Olugbenle said “it is absurd to see traditional rulers in political robes. As natural rulers, they are to see all the people as their children, irrespective of political affiliations”.
He called on politicians to be wary of how they treat traditional rulers as their involvement in traditional matters was gradually weakening the institution and rendering it useless.
Oba Olugbenle chided the immediate past administration for upgrading Baales to Obas without following due process, saying that the committee has recommended that they be reverse back to Baales and proper procedures be followed if they are to be upgraded.
The Paramount ruler said “Baales are minor Chiefs. Their upgrade should be recommended by the first class oba who appoint them in the first place. Some coronents Obas were upgraded without their knowledge and we have recommended that they remain Baales. If they are to be upgraded, the requirements should be followed”.