Olabode Thomas-Fagbayi, the Onitigbo of Tigbo-Ilu Land in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, has defended his decision to confer a chieftaincy title on the controversial musician Habeeb Okikiola, better known by his stage name Portable, on Monday.
The traditional chief announced on Tuesday that he had bestowed a chieftaincy title upon the well-known Nigerian singer in recognition of his deference.
The monarch continued by pointing out that different accounts of Portable’s person from what he observed upon meeting the singer.
Portable, as he is affectionately known, posted photos and videos of his inauguration as the Amuludun of Tigbo, Awori land, on his social media accounts.
The Zazu crooner announced on Monday.
He said he will now be known and addressed as “Chief Amuludun of Tigbo, Aworiland.”
The singer declared that God made it possible for him ever to become a chief.
The ceremony was held on the same day as the yearly Tigbo Day, where Portable was honoured and performed for by Abass Akande Obesere.
Portable is renowned for his “notoriety” in both words and deeds.
Some people have criticised the monarch’s action since the monarch conferred the chieftaincy title.
The monarch replied that he had only recently become acquainted with the well-known artist.
“I visited a school in my domain where I have gotten a report of misbehaviour among the pupils and students of the school. So, I went to the school to talk briefly with them. It was there that I was told that somebody called Portable was passing through my domain and was throwing money at people, and in the process, many got injured.
“Because of that, I summoned him to my palace, and he came twice, but I wasn’t at the palace when he came. So, one day, I was walking on the road, and I saw him driving; I called for him, and he immediately came with his boys, and they all prostrated on the road.”
The monarch also said the singer has his roots in Tigbo town and is well behaved.
“His mum is from Tigbo, and he too lives here; he presented himself as a responsible person, and we take him as that. Some people might have reservations about him, but even at that, he is our son.”
The monarch added that the singer had also shown readiness to be part of the celebration of ‘Tigbo day’.
He, however, debunked social media claims that he was paid to honour the famous artist and insisted that he is a monarch whom “God has blessed.”