Osinbajo, Atiku, Ganduje, others storm Ibadan as Balogun mounts Olubadan throne
The ancient city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was agog, yesterday, as thousands of people converged on the historic Mapo Hall to witness the installation of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Lekan Ishola Balogun, Alliwo Okunmade II.
Eminent Nigerians comprising captains of industry, political leaders, royal fathers, members of the business community, market leaders and others attended the event.
The dignitaries included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former governors Bola Tinubu of Lagos State, who was represented by Chief Femi Pedro; Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State and Senator Teslim Folarin.
Others were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, among others.
At the ceremony, Governor Seyi Makinde presented the staff of office and instrument of office to the new monarch.
Makinde urged the newly-installed Olubadan and the Olubadan-in-Council to ensure that ascension laws to the throne of Olubadan remain sacrosanct.
The governor pointed out that no politician could destroy the traditional system without the cooperation of members of the Council.
Makinde said: “Remember, no politician can destroy any system without the cooperation of some members of these systems. Therefore, I want to use this opportunity to ask that Kabiyesi and the Olubadan-in-Council work to ensure that the laws having to do with the ascension to the throne of Olubadan remain sacrosanct. If there are to be any amendments, they should be self-conceived.
“The Olubadan-in-Council should remain self-regulated without any external interference from the political class. So, I join the Oyo State government, the sons and daughters of Ibadanland and the good people of Oyo State, to wish His Imperial Majesty, a long, peaceful and successful reign. May the land of Ibadan experience unequalled development and tranquility during Kabiyesi’s reign.”
Speaking, Osinbajo harped on the importance of Ibadanland to the country, not only in terms of its political history and unparalleled traditional system but also as the home of many first institutions in the country.
The new Olubadan, in his remark, promised that he would not let down the people of the ancient city.