Installation of new Olubadan to be announced soon – Ladoja

The Olubadan-in-Council, on Friday, said there was no definite date yet for the coronation of the next Olubadan of Ibadanland.

A former governor of Oyo State and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, made this declaration immediately after a closed-door meeting with the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, at his Alalubosa house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The gathering followed the death of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, whose reign ended Thursday after two years on the throne.

He died aged 81 at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ladoja emphasized that Ibadan already has Olubadan-designate and there is no dispute about it.

He said, “The departed monarch (Oba Balogun) came from the Otun line, the next monarch will be from the Balogun line. So, the head of the Balogun line is the Balogun of Ibadanland, who has become the Olubadan-designate.

“We all know that Ibadan does things accordingly, if a king dies, we already know who is next, and we refer to him as designate.

“We are here to formalise what next after the burial rites of the deceased would have been completed. We also discussed how to give befitting burial to the deceased.

“Since the deceased is a Muslim, he has to be buried in Islamic way, and the Islamic way is that he has to be buried today (Friday). So, it has been decided that he will be buried today at Aliiwo, which is his ancestral home by 4pm today.

“There is no date yet for the coronation of new Olubadan, but the date shall be announced as soon as the burial rite for the deceased is completed.”

Among members of Olubadan-in-Council at the meeting were Ladoja; Oba Hamidu Ajibade; Oba Adebayo Akande; and Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *