Ajimobi To Install New Olubadan On Friday

Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 Photo credit: The Nation

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi will on Friday install and present staff of office to High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the 41st Olubadan.

The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Dr. Lekan Balogun, said this at a briefing by the Olubadan-in-council and top government officials, led by former Secretary to the State Government Ismael Olalekan Alli.

He said: “The kingmakers are empowered by the extant 1957 Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration to propose as candidate, the most senior chief in the line whose turn it is to fill a vacancy in the stool of Olubadan.

“Having satisfied all the conditions precedent according to the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration, High Chief Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has been appointed the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“The Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Adetunji, will be presented with the instruments and the staff of office on Friday at the traditional Mapo Hall Arcade, marking his official recognition, acceptance and endorsement as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“The historic installation is scheduled to take place at 10am at the traditional Mapo Hall arcade in Ibadan.

“Governors, traditional rulers, captains of industry are expected to grace the occasion. Over 200 indigenous clubs under the aegis of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) are participating in the events.”

Going down memory lane, he said the incoming Oba from becoming a Mogaji in 1976 and Jagun Balogun in 1978 rose through the ranks, climbing 23 steps in the Balogun line, until 2015 when he became the Balogun of Ibadanland.

He said: “It is delightful to note that the incoming Olubadan is a doyen of the entertainment industry, having used his business acumen, organisation, exposure and experience to promote successful artistes. So these musicians and dignitaries from all walks of life will grace the occasion.

“Over 200 indigenous clubs under the aegis of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), all socio-cultural organisations are participating in the events, which will surely include all the traditional rites and steps typical of the installation.”

The Olubadan-in-council said there is no legal impediment against the coronation.

At the palace at Popo-Yemoja, preparations were in top gear to ensure a befitting ceremony.