The Olori Omooba and Olori Ebi of Fusengbuwa, one of the largest ruling houses in Ijebuland, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun has described as callous, inhuman and ungodly to wish fellow humans dead over who succeed Oba Sikiru Adetona as Awujale of Ijebuland.
Otunba Subomi said it is a taboo in Yorubaland to be scheming for Oba’s successor when a reigning monarch is still hale and hearty.
Otunba Subomi stated this at the weekend following the widespread speculation that, he was positioning his son, Ladi Balogun to be the next Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, adding that his son, is too busy at FCMB to be planning to succeed Awujale.
It would be recalled that the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, had warned the Kingmakers at the 2019 Ojude- Oba Festival not to politicise selection of his successor by allowing the moneybags to scatter the selection process leading to emergence of new Awujale when the present one quits the stage.
This prompted various handlers of news platforms on social media to come up with different news items, claiming that the founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Olori Ebi Fusengbuwa Ruling House, Olasubomi Balogun has begun immediate positioning of his son, Ladi Balogun, who is Group Chief Executive Officer of FCMB to replace the current Awujale.
Speaking on phone with our correspondent as regards the rumour making round on the purported positioning of Ladi Balogun to replace the current Awujale, Olasubomi Balogun, the Olori Omoba of Ijebuland and Olori Ebi Fusengbuwa, expressed dissatisfaction over the mischief being orchestrated by the enemies of Awujale’s stool, the Ijebus and Ijebuland.
He said, “I am most disappointed with the writers and those that are fueling the rumour that I am plotting my son – Oladipupo Balogun, who is handling the affairs of my business, to be the next Awujale of Ijebuland, while the Alaiyeluwa is still very much alive.
“We all know that Awujale Oba Adetona and I are friend, both of us are still alive, if Awujale could make a pronouncement, does that mean that they should drag my name to sell their stories?
“I happen to be the Olori Omoba, and providence has placed me in a situation in which everybody will expect me to be close to the Awujale and be supportive of whatever he is doing by way of our culture and tradition.
“Secondly, people know me as a very senior member of royalty in Ijebuland, apart from being the Olori Omoba, I am the Olori Ebi of one of the largest ruling houses in Ijebuland”.