Nigeria Must Turn Challenges Into Opportunities- Tinubu

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday challenged Nigerians to turn the country’s present socio-economic condition into opportunities for a desirable re-engineering of the economy.

Nigeria, according to him, has long stood in the corridor between greatness and failure, between progress and calamity and must now “summon the courage to take the bold steps and move in the direction.”

“We must reform and do so quickly and with alertness to the severity of the circumstances mounting around us,” Tinubu said in a prepared speech he delivered at the 15 – 20th Convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja where he awarded the honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration (DBA, Honoris Causa).

Tracing the country’s woes to past leadership, he said: “The ways in which we have grown accustomed to running this nation no longer suffice.

“If we are to continue as we have done over the years our malpractice will deliver us into the vice grip of national failure.

“That which we used to do then laugh at ourselves for our errant ways is no longer a joking matter. It is now fatal.”

He spoke of the plan of the ruling APC to lift 20 per cent of Nigerians out of poverty within four years.

For this to happen, he said, the state must be a fulcrum for job creation and economic development that touches all Nigerians not just a narrow growth that benefits few people.

“Although confronted by multiple challenges, I believe this government has the chance and the mission to better our society and forge a new model for our national governance,” he said.

“We have demonstrated the courage and determination to change a non-performing government through a democratic election. This electoral success has brought new challenges. These challenges are numerous and we must confront them with an even greater courage than that which saw us through the election.

“We shall do this by implementing a national industrial policy linked to a national infrastructural plan and a national employment strategy.

“Before our children can dream of a university education they must first enjoy the foundational education of primary school.

“Our position is that we make a special effort to draw all children to school, particularly the poor. We cannot afford to allow poverty to keep children out of the classroom. If so we are suborning a life of ignorance and poverty for millions of our young ones.

“This progressive government is committed to providing all school-age children one free meal daily. This seems a simple thing. But it is also wise and prudent. A hungry student does not learn. If the child is too hungry too often, he stops attending school altogether.

“By this programme, students will more eagerly attend because their stomachs as well as their minds shall be fed. Parents will encourage children to attend because this will take the children off the streets while also alleviating pressure on the family to feed the children.

“This current leadership will anchor its efforts to re-build Nigeria on massive industrialization and the re-structuring of the economy to allow for growth. Then, will hope be rekindled for millions of our people and a country of great potentials and possibilities will emerge.”

Second Republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was one of those conferred with honorary degrees.

His Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was received on his behalf by his daughter.

Others who bagged awards at the ceremony were: former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, Doctor of Laws (LLD) and Justice Maryam Aloma Muktar, Doctor of Letters (Dlitt) – both (?Honoris Causa) as well as Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who got PhD in Law and Senator Buhari, PhD Social Sciences.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a message on the occasion said that government alone could not meet the needs of higher education.

Represented by Director, Tertiary Education, Ministry of Education, Hajia Abdullahi Hindatu, the president encouraged private sector to invest more in research and development in the universities.

He said:”It is pertinent to emphasize on the quality of teaching and research in our universities.

“Research should not be relegated to the background in our universities. I therefore urge Nigerian universities to ensure that the quality of the graduates produced compares with products from other universities globally,” the president said.

Twenty-five thousand, eight hundred and seventy-eight students received their degrees at the ceremony.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Michael Adikwu said 20, 461 received first degree in various fields while 1697 received postgraduate diploma.

Eight students bagged first class between 2008 – 2015 sessions.

The breakdown showed that 2,324 were awarded with Second Class, Upper Division; 11,180 were awarded Second Class Degrees, Lower Division.

Adikwu said that Nigeria’s road to sustainable economic development lied in the creative ability of citizens to turn adversities into opportunities.

He urged the graduating students ?to use personal initiatives to seize the opportunities that still abounded in the country for them to be self employed.

Present at the ceremony were former interim Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan; a former interim chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; state governors; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; House of Representatives Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila;, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Aliyu; and Rep. James Faleke among others.

The Nation

Tinubu Bags Honorary Uniabuja Doctorate Degree

Former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, have been conferred with honorary doctorate degrees at the Combined Convocation of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja).

NAN reports that former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi and Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, were also conferred with honorary doctorate degrees.

NAN reports that a total 25,878 students were awarded various degrees at the 15th to 20th combined convocation of the institution on Saturday.

Ekwueme was said to be unavoidably absent as he was represented by his daughter, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe.

In his speech, the Visitor, President Muhammadu Buhari, congratulated the Governing Council, Senate, Management and staff of UniAbuja for recording progress in achieving the objective for which it was set up.

Represented by Hajiya Hindattu Abdullahi, the Director, Tertiary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Buhari enjoined the institution to take research seriously as it was key to economic development.

He said it was pertinent to emphasise on the quality of teaching and research in Nigeria’s universities as it affected the quality of graduates from our universities.

“I therefore urge Nigerian universities to ensure that the quality of the graduates produced compares with graduates produced from other universities globally.

“Research should not be relegated to the background in our universities; rather universities should ensure that the education impacted is strongly influenced by research,” he said.

On his part, UniAbuja’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Adikwu, said that the graduands had brought honour to the institution by distinguishing themselves in various fields of study.

“They comprise 20,461 undergraduate students and 4,261 postgraduate students spanning the 2009/2010 to 2014/2015 sessions.

“Eight undergraduate student graduands bagged first class honours; 2,324 bagged second class upper division; 11,180 bagged second class lower division; 6,647 bagged third class while 836 bagged pass.

“Of the total of 4,261 postgraduate graduands, 331 are graduating with Doctorate degrees, 2,233 with Masters’ degree and a total of 1,697 are Postgraduate Diploma graduands.”

Adikwu explained that UniAbuja was graduating five sets of students at the event because of the crises that engulfed the system over the last few years.

He said that normalcy had been restored to academic activities on campus through the intervention of the National Universities Commission and the Ministry of Education.

In his acceptance speech on behalf of the other recipients of honorary degrees, Tinubu thanked the institution’s authority for deeming them worthy of the award.

He said that UniAbuja symbolised national unity and epitomised a collective desire to build a strong nation.

“The institution must realise its important position in the educational salvation of our youth and the rejuvenation of our nation.

“I urge a continuous commitment to quality and excellence.

“The university, numbered among the new generation universities, must strive in the tradition of groundbreaking scholarship and research.

“In spite of the challenges of infrastructure and funding, the university must not compromise its academic standard,” he said.

The highlight of the event was the investiture of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zazzau, as the Chancellor of the institution.

NAN

APC Peace Meeting At Aso Villa Leaves Saraki Visibly Angry

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday had a closed-door meeting called by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, amidst indications that there’s a serious leadership crisis within the All Progressives Congress.

The meeting, which lasted for about 3hr:45mins, might not be unconnected with the ongoing alleged false assets declaration trial of Senator Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The trial is widely believed to be part of numerous discontentments that have bedeviled the ruling APC since the emergence of principal officers of the 8th National Assembly.

It would be recalled that Saraki, House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun and other principal officers of the National Assembly were elected against the permutations and internal arrangements of the APC.

Journalists were restricted from covering the meeting and were also denied access to conduct interviews with the leaders after the meeting. An official statement released by the Vice President’s office said, “Select leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, drawn from the party’s National Headquarters, the legislative and executive arms of government had a consultative meeting on issues affecting the party and the nation.

The statement further noted that, “The meeting, which held at the Vice President’s conference room, was very useful and resourceful towards achieving the goals of the party and the government.”

How to end the lingering apprehension that has gripped the nation following revelations that the 2016 budget contained a lot of duplicitous items was also said to have been discussed at the meeting, a source disclosed. Senator Saraki had said he will continue to scrutinise the budget, first proposed in 2015, for more erroneous contents. But several leaders of the party and the Vice President are rumoured to be prevailing on the top lawmaker to plead with his colleagues at the National Assembly to expedite the passage of the budget in order to save Buhari administration further embarrassments and avoid damages to the economy that could stem from the indefinite delay.

Other leaders of the APC present at the meeting include: the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, Chief Bisi Akande, Senator Ali Ndume, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Umana Umana and Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

While most of the leaders present at the meeting emerged with laughter and cross chats, Saraki came out alone wearing an angry face as he departed the Villa.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s Acceptance Speech As Sun Man Of The Year

BRIEF ACCEPTANCE REMARKS AT THE SUN AWARDS, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20TH, 2016 BY ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU, SUN MAN OF THE YEAR 2015.

PROTOCOL
Time knows us all but opportunity is reticent and makes itself known to but a few. To be placed by the convergence of destiny and incident in a position to play a key role in bringing historic change to the politics of this nation is a gift that was given me by the supreme hand of Providence.

2. God in His wisdom placed me in the position to recognize the change that was needed and to help effectuate that change.  I thank God for giving me this chance and for allowing me to be born a black man and a Nigerian.

With this in mind, let me say I am honoured to have been picked as The Sun Man of the Year. The decision to give me this award I understand resulted from a thorough process reviewing the significant political developments that our country in the last quarter of a century has witnessed and particularly the monumental happenings in the past one.

3. I am humble enough to know that the Sun could have chosen any one of several figures. Their decision would not have been gainsaid. I think particularly of the man at the helm of affairs and who won the election, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Yet, I am mindful enough to realize such awards do not come frequently and that I better grab the good thing given me.
I thank The Sun Management for this validation and recognition of my modest efforts to help place our beloved land on the path of reformation, progress and hope.

4. What was accomplished in 2015 was not a singular effort. It was done through the collective love and labor of millions of Nigerians. A handful of them were well known. Most of them are hardworking anonymous people who together constitute the backbone and great strength of this nation. It was this collective effort that produced the unprecedented electoral victory in 2015.

5. Therefore, I accept this award on behalf of all the people who contributed to opening a vitally new chapter in the book of our national history. Many sacrificed greatly to achieve this great turn of events. Some practically surrendered their businesses. Some provided funds. Especially that elderly 90-year old woman, Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara who donated 1 million Naira, her life savings for the  campaign  of President Muhammadu Buhari . (May Her Soul Rest in Peace). Others worked ceaselessly, hour after hour, day after day until the historic job was done. Many hit the campaign trail day and night from Katsina to Lagos. I reserve a special recognition and commendation for the Youth across this nation who formed part of the foot soldiers in the struggle for change. It is to these heroes that I dedicate this award.

6. We have come to a point where there is no turning back for there is nothing worthy of the sacrifices so recently made to turn back to.
We have reached the juncture at which we must reform our institutions, rid our country of corruption or admit that we have mortgaged away the good future due us. The infrastructural decay of past decades, the unemployment time bomb, the challenging security situation make a compelling case for us all to join with this government embrace a new politics that will help build a new country.

7. The media is a key partner in this regard. The Sun and other media organizations must employ journalism as a tool for development. Journalism must become a force for good and a voice against injustice, poverty and discrimination. It must always speak right to might. You must be objective.  You must not be a partner to power or to those who have lost power. Your role is that of guardian and herald of the truth for the people themselves.

8. Do that and you will shine in a way that will make the name of this newspaper more than apt. The media will stand the best of time and with other patriots work to make Nigeria great again.

9. To my fellow Nigerians, the Constitution to which we all subscribe to as ‘We the People” must be used to re-build our country, revitalize our economy and ultimately protect and empower our people. Our renaissance must come from within through perseverance, strong determination and an irrevocable sense of patriotism.

Nigeria is going through a challenging period and truly we must build our tomorrow today-together.

Thank and may God bless you all.

Tinubu Explains Role He Played In Buhari’s Emergence; Bags Sun Man Of The Year

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday explained the role he played in the emergence of Gen. Muhammudu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, saying God merely used him to play a crucial role in the polity.

Senator Tinubu recounted the many political struggles that culminated in the change of government last year and brought the APC to power in a speech after receiving the Sun Man of the Year award.

“God in His wisdom placed me in the position to recognize the change that was needed and to help effectuate that change,” Tinubu stated.

Sen. Tinubu the victory was made possible through the commitment of members of the party.

He expressed joy that most of the titans who formed the nucleus of the APC during the struggle were on hand to witness the award presentation.

He specifically mentioned the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and his predecessor, Chief Bisi Akande.

Tinubu said, “They brought back hope to the people and the desired change.” Going down memory lane, Tinubu regretted the huge decline the country witnessed in the last 25 years, “and particularly between 2011 and 2015.”

“What was accomplished in 2015 was not a singular effort. It was done through the collective love and labour of millions of Nigerians,” he said in the speech issued by his media office.

Continuing, he said: “a handful of them were well known. Most of them are hardworking anonymous people who together constitute the backbone and great strength of this nation. It was this collective effort that produced the unprecedented change.

“Many sacrificed greatly to achieve this great turn of events. Some practically surrendered their businesses. Some provided funds. Especially that elderly 90-year old woman, Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara, who donated N1 million, her life savings for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, (may her soul rest in peace).

“Others worked ceaselessly, hour after hour, day after day until the historic job was done. Many hit the campaign trail day and night from Katsina to Lagos. I reserve a special recognition and commendation for the youth across this nation who formed part of the foot soldiers in the struggle for change.”

He dedicated the award to “these heroes.”

But he warned that Nigeria, having reached this point in its desire to move forward must not look back, saying:”we have come to a point where there is no turning back for there is nothing worthy of the sacrifices so recently made to turn back to.

“We have reached the juncture at which we must reform our institutions, rid our country of corruption or admit that we have mortgaged away the good future due us. The infrastructural decay of past decades, the unemployment time bomb, the challenging security situation make a compelling case for us all to join with this government embrace a new politics that will help build a new country.”

He added that the renaissance for a better society must come from within through perseverance, strong determination and an irrevocable sense of patriotism.

Tinubu charged Nigerians to remain steadfast and build a nation that all can be proud of.

“The nation is going through a challenging period and truly we must build our tomorrow today-together,” he said.

On the award itself, he said: “I am honoured to have been picked as The Sun Man of the Year. The decision to give me this award I understand resulted from a thorough process reviewing the significant political developments that our country in the last quarter of a century has witnessed and particularly the monumental happenings in the past one year.”

He said there were equally other Nigerians eminently qualified for the award.

“I am humble enough to know that The Sun could have chosen any one of several figures. Their decision would not have been gainsaid. I think particularly of the man at the helm of affairs and who won the election, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Yet, I am mindful enough to realize such Awards do not come frequently and that I better grab the good thing given me.”

The publisher of The Sun, Dr. Orji Kalu called on Nigerians to rise up to the task of nation building. He said the country was passing through a critical stage and needed patriotic people to join hands to salvage the country from the problem it was facing.

He said those who were honoured were considered in view of their track records to the betterment of the country. “Those selected made positive impact on Nigeria, so we are celebrating excellence and achievement.”

The award was formally presented to him by The Sun publisher and former Governor of Abia State, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu who recalled Tinubu’s involvement in the fight for democracy from the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) days till now.

As Tinubu was called to step forward to receive the award, a large coterie of his friends and political associates including Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir, Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Demola Seriki and Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello accompanied him to the podium.

Also flanking him was his wife, Oluremi.

Also honoured at the ceremony were former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Lifetime  achievement award); Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano (Governor of the Year); General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Gen. Samuel Ogbemudia, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, Chief Kessington Adebutu, and  Chief Mbazulike Amechi,.

The most supportive First Lady of the Year went to Hajia Nana Shettima, Public Service Award went to Chenelo Anohu-Amazu; Banker of the Year went to Yemi Adeola; Business Man of the Year, Anthony  Chukwuka.

Others were Erick Umeofia, Uche Ogah, Amaju Pinnick, Josephine Ugwu, Obateru Akinruntan , Rockview Hotels, Omoni Oboli and Harrison Okiri for their impact on the society.

Libel Suit: Raymond Dokpesi Begs Tinubu, To Broadcast Apology For Three Months

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has agreed to accept an unreserved apology from Chairman of DAAR Communication Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi as settlement for the libellous documentary “Lion of Bourdillon” aired on Africa Independent Television, AIT last year.

The documentary was aired in the heat of the 2015 electioneering campaign. AIT was then campaigning for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, while Tinubu’s party, the APC was vigorously campaigning for Muhammadu Buhari, who won the election.

Lawyer to Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun and Dokpesi’s counsel Mike Ozekhome Friday presented the terms of settlement reached on 29 January, 2016 before the trial court judge, Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe.

The terms of agreement include among other things, a retraction of the broadcast by AIT, an apology by AIT, which should be aired daily for a quarter.

The trial court subsequently adopted the terms of settlement.

Here is the letter of retraction:

Retraction and Apology by DAAR Communications Plc to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Further to the terms of settlement in Suit No: ID/196GCMW/2015 between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Daar Communications Plc filed as a result of the broadcast of a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’ and which terms were adopted at the High Court of Lagos State on 5th February, 2016 as the judgment of the court, the defendant, Daar. Communication Plc, hereby retract and apologies to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as follows;

1. Daar Communications Plc, acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is an outstanding. Political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion moulder who has made and continues to make immense, colossal and gargantuan contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general. And Lagos State in particular.

2. Daar Communication Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.

3. Daar Communications Plc hereby makes a public and unequivocal retraction of the said documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’, which was broadcast on its television station, AIT.

4. Daar Communications Plc hereby tenders unreserved apology to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the broadcast of the documentary on its television station, AIT.

5. Daar Communications Plc prays that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will live long to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria, Lagos State and the world at large.

 

The News

Tinubu Wins Thinkers Magazine’s Man Of The Year Award

A national leader of the All Progress Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has emerged the 2015 ‘Man of the Year’ of one of the Nigeria’s fastest growing monthly magazine, Thinkers Magazine.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Company Secretary of Thinkers Communications Limited (publishers of Thinkers Magazine and the online-based Thinkers Newspaper), Hajiya Saratu Muhammad.

She said that Tinubu’s emergence as winner of the prized award followed a keenly contested nomination and selection process.

She stated that the award was instituted as part of the magazine’s activities towards celebrating outstanding individuals, who have distinguished themselves in their chosen areas of human endeavour and impacted positively on the lives of their countrymen and women.

“For this particular category, Man of the Year, a number of eminent Nigerians with remarkable track records of performance and industry were nominated.

“After a rigorous screening exercise by the Awards’ Board of Governors, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was subsequently and unanimously picked as the best person for the honour,” she said.

According to her, among the criteria for the prestigious annual honour are significant contributions made by the nominees to their community, state and nation in particular, and humanity in general.

She said the nominees’ virtues and quality, such as selflessness, integrity, compassion, commitment to a common cause, courage and audacity, were also considered.

She noted that although each and all the three personalities who made the final cut fulfilled the criteria in various measurers, the APC national leader triumphed on account of the huge significance, immense impact and historic nature of his contributions to national development and progress.

This, she emphasized, crystallized in the yeoman role which the former Lagos state helmsman played in the historic victory recorded by the ruling party in the last year’s general elections.

“In Nigeria, nay Africa, it is rare for an opposition party to defeat a ruling party as done by the APC in 2015.

“What makes Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s contributions particularly impressive is that, as far back as 2013, he had spearheaded the move to form an all-encompassing political party that can overcome the then ruling PDP.

“And then, against all odds and despite clear dangers to his safety and business interests, Tinubu helped secure victory for APC, particularly, during the presidential poll.

“We also took into cognizance the number of brilliant gentlemen and women whom Tinubu has groomed over the years and who occupy strategic positions in our polity today.

“The competence shown by these men and women in present and previous positions held has also shown that Tinubu is the ultimate Talent Hunter.

“In short, he is a true man of the people who fully deserves this honour.

Olubadan Was Fearless – Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, as a fearless and incorruptible monarch.

The APC chief, who showered eulogies on the late Olubadan during a condolence visit to his Monatan, Ibadan, private residence, on Sunday, added that his modest lifestyle is worthy of emulation by the country’s traditional institution.

Tinubu said that Oba Odulana would be remembered for his moral support for the governorship ambition of Ajimobi and his administration’s programmes and policies, climaxing with the conferment of a chieftaincy title of Atunluse on the governor.

He recalled that the late Olubadan did not hide his satisfaction and backing for the Ajimobi-led administration’s urban renewal and operation clean-up Ibadan; a city, he said, was dotted with heaps of refuse before Ajimobi mounted the saddle.

Tinubu said, “Our late Baba lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation by our traditional institution. He was fearless, courageous and incorruptible. We are proud of his Spartan lifestyle and discipline, including that of his children.

“Kabiyesi loved Ajimobi and I can say that he was one of his staunch backers for the governorship ticket. His support for the governor and his programmes, especially the urban renewal and cleanliness we are now witnessing in Ibadan, was without bounds.

“Ibadan was full of filth and heaps of refuse before Ajimobi became governor, but he cleaned up the city. Kabiyesi was so impressed by this, just like many of us, that he conferred the title of Atunluse on Ajimobi. We are proud of the governor’s achievements.

“But for its clean environment, he said that Ibadan could have been ravaged by the latest Lassa fever outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives across the country.”

Tinubu expressed delight with the age-long seamless Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process, which, he said, would have been a worthy model for political succession, but for what he called the intrigues and do-or-die phenomenon introduced into the country’s politics.

He said, “Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process is very impressive and unique. When one Olubadan joins his ancestors, the city already knows the successor through the hierarchy. How I wish we politicians can adopt this model of succession.

“But this can hardly be possible because of some people’s belief in do-or-die politics and because some politicians are in politics for reasons other than service to the people.”

During the condolence visit Tinubu was in company with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Michael Adeyemo; former interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; National Vice Chairman, South-West of the party, Chief Pius Akinyelure; State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, among others.

The team was received by the Olubadan-in council, led by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; and Otun Balogun, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; as well as the children of the late foremost traditional ruler, led by Prof. Femi Lana.

Responding on behalf of the palace, the Otun Olubadan said the Olubadan-in-council and the people of Ibadan felt highly honoured by the visit, adding that the council was proud of Ajimobi and his support for the palace before and after the death of the Olubadan.

Balogun said it was “heartwarming” that Oba Odulana was on the throne and died when “the son of the soil” (an Ibadan indigene) was the governor.

Olubadan Was A Man Of Peace – Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the death of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade as the passing on of one of the greats of the Yoruba nation.

“A custodian of the Yoruba tradition and culture, filled with wisdom and also genteel,” Tinubu said in a statement issued by his media team.

“His death will be felt amongst not just his people but the Yoruba nation”. Tinubu noted that during the reign of the Olubadan Of Ibadan Land, Oba Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, Ibadan witnessed peace and development.

“He was supportive of the advancement of the people and he kept faith with the values, tradition, culture and integrity of the Yoruba nation.

“I mourn with the governor and people of Oyo State over his passing. He has left a legacy which we must sustain. May the soul of the departed rest in peace,” the statement read.