Maja-Maja Indigenous Group (MMIG), a socio-cultural group which consists of indigenes of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has urged Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to elevate some notable Baales in Ibadan.
The group said the Baales should be elevated to the position of Obas.
They noted that this was necessary to allow the Olubadan of Ibadanland attain the ‘Imperial Majesty’ status.
The group made the appeal in a statement signed by its President, Abdulkabir Akinpelu and the Secretary, Aderemi Adebisi.
It said that promotion of Baales of adjoining communities to the position of lesser kings under Olubadan and other Ibadan High Chiefs would make the Ibadan chieftaincy arrangement a unique one.
The duo in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday in Ibadan, said that history had revealed that Baales of some communities under Ibadan used to be addressed as Obas.
It added that those communities have been agitating for recognition as Obas for decades and that the reform introduced by the immediate past governor, late Abiola Ajimobi was not totally bad.
It advised Makinde that the reform must not be thrown into the dustbin of history.
“However, we want the Governor to consider some areas in the Ajimobi’s reform that will still be good for Ibadan chieftaincy arrangement.
“Elevation of Baales to the position of lesser kings under Olubadan and High Chiefs will allow the new Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Lekan Balogun to fully attain the ‘Imperial Majesty’ status.
“History has revealed that some Baales of some communities under Ibadan used to be addressed as Obas in the past before being conquered by Ibadan.
“And they have been agitating for recognition as Obas for decades,” the group stated.