Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 May 2013

Nigeria: Kabba Chiefs Defend Appointment of Obadofin of Owe

lokoja — Titled chiefs in Kabba in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State have said that the recent appointment of the Obadofin of Owe land by the Obaro of Kabba, Dr Michael Olobayo, was in order and that it conformed with laid down traditions of the people.

The Obaro of Kabba, who is chairman of the Okun area traditional council, recently announced the appointment of Chief Jacob Onilu as the Obadofin of Owe land, following the death of Oba Patrick Owoleke.

But shortly after his appointment, a social cultural group in the area known as Kabba Club 12, addressed the media, saying that the appointment did not follow due process.

The group claimed that the Obaro of Kabba single handedly appointed the new Obadofin, and called on the state government to nullify the appointment.

The Forum of Kabba Traditional Titled Holders, yesterday, in a press statement debunked the claims of Kabba Club 12, saying the Obaro's action was in order.

A statement signed by Chief Obagunla Omola, and Chief Obakayo Femi Arokoyo, chairman and secretary of the group, cited a Supreme Court judgment delivered by Justice Dahiru Musdapher, which recognised the Obaro of Kabba as the only kingmaker in Kabba land.

The statement said the selection of traditional title holders in Kabba is by law and tradition the prerogative of the Obaro of Kabba, and that by selecting Oba Jacob Onilu as the Obadofin elect, he has not erred in tradition or in law.

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