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 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.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his Oyo State counterpart, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi today attended the funeral service of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade the 1st, at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State.
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Oyo State governor , Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has announced that the burial rites for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, will begin on February 6, while his remains would be interred on February 12, in Ibadan, the state capital.
The governor, who disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Monatan, Ibadan, residence of the deceased, on Friday, said President Muhammad Buhari will be expected to lead other dignitaries to the city for the burial ceremonies.
He said that the decision was taken by a committee comprising members of the deceased monarch’s family, Olubadan-in-council and the state government to ensure that the late oba is given a stately farewell.
The governor said: “We have decided to make it a stately burial and we will set up a committee made up of members of the family, of which I am one, the Olubadan-in-council and government officials. We have agreed that we will commence all activities from February 6 and complete the burial ceremony on the February 12 with the interment. The committee will decide the modus operandi of the ceremonies
“President Muhammadu Buhari and my fellow governors will top list of dignitaries we will be inviting to give late Oba Odugade a befitting burial. I’m using this medium to solicit the support of Ibadan people both at home and in the Diaspora to join hands with us to make the ceremonies grand.”