The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday proclaimed that no traditional masqueraders in the city must visit any of the high chiefs whose elevation by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to obaship status triggered controversies and legal actions.
The 2018 Egungun Festival is scheduled to commence in Ibadan on Monday.
Traditionally, masqueraders visit some Ibadan high chiefs during the festival since the time of the late Oba Gbadamosi Adebimpe in 1976.
However, a statement from the Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Public Affairs to Olubadan, Adeola Oloko, cited security reasons for the decision.
He added that the masqueraders needed the king’s permission to visit any of the high chiefs.
The statement reads in part, “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 public interest.
“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.”