Osun Assembly Extols Virtues Of The Late Olubadan

The Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of its Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed its condolences to the people and government of Oyo State over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana.

The Assembly stated that the passing away of the monarch was a great loss to the Yoruba nation.

In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said though, the monarch was ripe in age, his contribution to Yoruba Nation, impact and positive influence in the country will be greatly missed.

The assembly acknowledged that the late monarch left indelible marks in various positions he occupied in public service during his hay days, hence the virtuosity he brought to bear during his reign.

The parliament described the late traditional ruler as honest, decent and forthright stressing that the late Oba Odulana spent his life serving humanity.

“Though aged, it is very unfortunate that the Olubadan died at this period that his elderly wisdom are required to achieve the change mantra of government at the Federal and state levels.

“It is on record that Oba Odulana lived the largest part of his life to serve humanity in general and fought the course of his subjects at the levels where he had served, either as a public servant or as a traditional ruler”

The exemplary leadership that Oba Odulana has offered and roles he has played for the unity and progress of Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general will be greatly missed.

“We, in the Osun State parliament however express our heartfelt condolences to the people of Ibadan, Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general for the death of the highly placed traditional ruler. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, Osun Assembly stressed.

Olubadan Is Dead

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.

The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly lost consciousness.

The Nation reliably gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.

Other details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy as at press time.

When contacted, one of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comments on the incident.

The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour. He said Oba Odulana still ate yesterday, adding that he was hale and hearty.

His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1 which pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.

Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930. The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.

Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji.

The Nation