THE Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has described the relationship between the Yoruba and their Igbo brothers as very cordial and encouraging.
Welcoming the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, and his entourage to the Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace on Friday, Oba Adetunji noted that the relationship between the Yoruba and Igbo dated back to several years.
He added that while the Igbos deserve commendation for their industry and ingenuity, Ibadan has provided educational and residential opportunities for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and ideological persuation to be whatever they want to be without hindrances.
The Olubadan stated further that the doors of Ibadan would remain open to all Nigerians, particularly the Igbos to set up their business ventures anywhere in the land and be fairly treated.
The High Chiefs who joined Oba Adetunji to welcome the Obi of Onitsha, according to a press release signed by Mr Adeola Oloko, the Director, Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan and made available to Saturday Tribune, included the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Akinloye Olakulehin; Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief (Dr.) Femi Olaifa, and the Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole.
Earlier, the Obi of Onitsha had congratulated the Olubadan of Ibadanland on his ascension of the exalted throne of his forefathers in a peaceful manner. He said his mission and that of his entourage was to deliver a lecture, using Ibadan as a case study of peaceful process in transition.