In a move that has brought relief to the people of Ibadan land, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has assured that the Olubadan-elect, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, will be enthroned as the 43rd Olubadan once he regains his strength. This assurance was given during the final burial ceremony for the late 42nd Olubadan, Oba Olalekan Balogun, held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Makinde paid tribute to the late Oba Balogun, describing him as a monarch who lived a fulfilled and eventful life. He acknowledged the significant achievement of amending the Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration Law, a feat that many thought was impossible, but which he and the late Olubadan accomplished together.

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“Oba Balogun and I did what people thought Napoleon could not do. We did the amendment to the Chieftaincy Declaration. I approved the declaration and amendment. As soon as Oba Olakunlehin is strong, he will be enthroned,” Makinde declared.

The governor’s assurance has been welcomed by the people of Ibadan land, who have eagerly awaited the enthronement of the new Olubadan. Oba Owolabi Olakulehin was duly nominated by the Ibadan kingmakers, and his name has been forwarded to the governor for approval, as per tradition.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, paid glowing tribute to the late Oba Balogun, describing him as a scholar and corporate giant who touched many lives. The final burial ceremony was attended by dignitaries, including Deputy Governor Bayo Lawal, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, former Deputy Governor Hazeem Gbolarumi, Taofeek Arapaja, Moses Alake Adeyemo, former Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai (rtd), and Senator Kola Balogun, among others.

The President General of the Central Council for Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Wole Ajewole, commended Governor Makinde and others who organized the event to honor the departed king.

The assurance from Governor Makinde comes as a relief to the people of Ibadan land, who have been eagerly awaiting the ascension of the new Olubadan. The traditional institution plays a crucial role in preserving the cultural heritage and ensuring the well-being of the community, and the enthronement of the Olubadan-elect is seen as a crucial step in maintaining stability and continuity.

While the governor’s assurance has been well-received, it is important to note that the enthronement process will follow due process and adhere to the traditional protocols and customs of Ibadanland. The people of Ibadan are hopeful that Oba Owolabi Olakulehin’s recuperation will be swift, allowing for his formal ascension to the throne and the continuation of the revered Olubadan lineage.

The burial ceremony for the late Oba Balogun served as a solemn occasion to honor his legacy and contributions to Ibadan land. It also provided an opportunity for the governor to reaffirm the commitment of the state government to upholding the traditional institutions and ensuring a smooth transition of power within the Olubadan chieftaincy.