The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji , on Sunday , said 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 ( today ) .
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 the monarch, Adeola Oloko , cited security reason for the decision .
He added that the masqueraders needed the king ’ s permission to visit any of the high chiefs .
The statement said , “ 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 interest of the public.
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