Tinubu, Akande, Oyinlola, Osun traditional rulers pay Aregbesola condolence visit over mother’s death…eulogize Mrs Aregbesola’s virtues

Following the death of the mother of Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Wednesday stormed Osogbo on condolence visit to the bereaved- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
This was even as the traditional rulers in the state were also in attendance to express their condolences to Governor Aregbesola and the entire family of the deceased.
Among others who have come to condole with Aregbesola are Senator Musilu Obanikoro, the Southwest Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola died on Tuesday at age 84 years at her residence in Ilesa‎, Osun state and she was buried on the same day.
In their separate remarks, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described the deceased as an enigmatic woman whose entire life was dedicated to service ‎God and humanity.
He described Late Saratu Aregbesola as a woman who dedicated her life for the education of her children and their well being.
‎Tinubu added,  “I know late Saratu Aregbesola just as I know her son- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Mama was a virtuous woman par excellence. She was a woman indeed whose character could not be faulted for any reason because she dedicated her entire life to service God and humanity.
“She was a good mother not only to her children but to all. She took us very well. She loved us just as sheloved her children.
“Nobody has the control of his or her life except God. He gives and takes, so for the death of Mama Aregbesola, we thank God for taking him graciously.
“Though her death is painful but there can not be a better time for her exit than now because one can not write a biography of a great woman than the success which God had made Mama to accomplished during her life time.
“We give solace in the fact that Mama lived a good life and left a great legacy worthy of emulation. She left a good legacy by giving her children best things of life as been manifested in the life of Governor Aregbesola.
“So, there is nothing certain as death and for this reason, we pray God t give her eternal rest and give Aregbesola and other members of the family the fortitude and courage to bear the irreparable loss.
Corroborating similar gestures, the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Adebisi Akande and former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a woman that can never be forgotten in the history of humanity.
They described the death of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a colossa loss to her children, family and the entire people of Osun as her legacies made most especially to oversee the victory of Governor Aregbesola will be forever be remembered in the book of histroy.
The duo while consoling Aregbesola to take solace in God for ensuring a gracious exit for Mama, thanked God for making the Governor to live behind his mother.
To Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and an APC chieftain from Borno, Hon. Kazim Imam, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as \’a rare gem of humanity\’.
According to ‎Obanikoro, \’I express my lofty sympathy for the loss of Mama. There is no doubt that Mama has gone to Paradize because her life was dedicated to service God and humanity. She built good legacy and this was reflected in the quality of her children, family and those who her life impacted in one way or the other.
Also, three of the traditional rulers in the state, the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba AdulRauf Adedeji, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola, described late Saratu as a woman of virtues.
In his response, Governor Rauf Aregbesola described her mother as an extra-ordinary woman who had no means of qualification in motherhood.
He said his mother lived all her life to ensure that her children receive best training a good woman can ever give to children in all ramifications.
‎While giving thanks to God for giving him a virtuous woman as mother, Aregbesola said his mother\’s love for children can never be undermined as her entire life was passionately lived to service God, for her children and the entire humanity.
Governor Aregbesola expressed profound gratitude to those who participated in the burial ceremony of his mother most especially the islamic clerics.
“The death of my mother caught me unexpected because I had no premonition that such a thing would happen otherwise I may not be where I was when the news of her death was broken.
“But in all, I give thanks to God that my mother lived a worthy life that anyone could pray for. She was a mother indeed. She loved us and she always stand by us in all situations.
“She was a committed, dedicated ‎and virtuous woman whose dedicated her life to ensure our collective greatness”, Aregbesola added.

Ajimobi To Install New Olubadan On Friday

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.

Photonews: VP Osinbajo, Govs Aregbesola, Ajimobi, Others, Attends Funeral Service Of Olubadan Of Ibadan

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.

Find photos from the service below:

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left), Vice President,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right),and his Wife Florence Ajimobi (right), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left), Vice President,Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (2nd left), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (2nd right),and his Wife Florence Ajimobi (right), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (right), and Oyo State Chiarman, All Progressive Congress (APC),Chief Akin Oke (left), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (right), and Oyo State Chiarman, All Progressive Congress (APC),Chief Akin Oke (left), during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters' Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the Funeral Service of Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1st at St Peters’ Anglican Church, Aremo, Ibadan, Oyo State on 12/02/2016.

Olubadan To Get State Burial – Senator Abiola Ajimobi

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.”