The new Araba of Ibadanland, Chief Ifalere Odegbemi Odegbola has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde and the chairmen of the 11 local government areas in Ibadan to assist the office of Araba towards ensuring the peace and unity of Ibadan and its people.
The New Araba while speaking with our correspondent on the preparation put in place for his upcoming coronation as New Araba of Ibadanland by Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Soliu Adetunji (Aje Ogungunisso 1) said that to effectively carry out the roles of Araba of Ibadanland, the Oyo state government and the eleven local government areas in Ibadan must make proper provision for the office of Araba.
According to him, Araba plays a pivotal role in ensuring peace, stability of Ibadanland and that to effectively carry out these roles; he needs the support of Oyo government, especially the eleven local government areas in Ibadan.
“Only few understand the roles of Araba towards ensuring the peace and development of Ibadanland. Many don’t even know the importance of ‘Ose Meji’, in ensuring the peace and development of Ibadanland. On daily basis, Araba will consult Ifa ‘Ose Meji’ which assisted Lagelu in founding Ibadan. He takes care of the all the sacrifices to ensure peace and stability of Ibadanland all by himself with little support from Ibadan South East local government.”
Chief Odegbola said that the last salary received by the last Araba was N5000 in a month.
“As I’m talking to you now, the last salary paid to my predecessor on monthly basis was N5000. An amount Araba will likely spend more on a daily basis for the peace and development of Ibadanland. As the new Araba of Ibadanland, I’m using this medium to appeal Governor Seyi Makinde and all the 11 local government areas in Ibadanland to make proper provisions to the office of Araba. The office of Araba deserves better treatment from the government.”