Salisu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan, has barred traditional masqueraders from visiting the high chiefs elevated to kings by Abiola Ajimobi, the state Governor.
This was contained in a statement by Adeola Oloko, the monarch's Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Addairs, on Sunday. The statement said the king had to authorise any visit to the high chiefs by the masqueraders, who celebrate Egungun Festival today.
“Rising from a two-hour security meeting with stakeholders at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace over the weekend, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, stated that the decision to suspend the masquerade dance this year is in the overall interest of the public.
“Although no reason was given for the last minute suspension of masquerade dance for Ibadan High Chiefs, it might not be unconnected with security reason arising from the controversial chieftaincy review that confers kingship without domain on high chiefs,” the statement read.
Olubadan had in September, 2017 sued Ajimobi and 23 others for crowning 21 kings in Ibadan in August of the same year.