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Makinde announces new Olubadan of Ibadan land Monday



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The Oyo State Government has revealed that the new Olubadan of Ibadanland will be announced on Monday to succeed the late Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who died on January 2.

Governor Seyi Makinde, at the final burial of the deceased Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Saturday, at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, acknowledged that he had received the letter of recommendation from the Olubadan-in-Council, promising he would make official announcement of the nominated successor on Monday.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, in a statement, cited the governor as saying, “I have received a letter from the Olubadan-in-Council and by the grace of God, on Monday, I will make the official announcement of the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.”

The statement further read: “This is another victory for Ibadan traditional institution. The process and the system were never broken. So, there is nothing to fix. So, I can say that we have now returned to our normal way of installing a new monarch in Ibadanland. Now, it is a system that everyone wants to imitate, which shows how we set the pace in Oyo State.

“When the person who came to represent the Chief of Imam was praying, he appealed that we should take care of all Baba left before he joined his ancestors. And I want to believe that we all know that I, Seyi Makinde, am one of those Baba cherished. Therefore, don’t leave me. Continue to pray for my administration.”

Governor Makinde noted that the legal confusion over the Olubadan throne trailing the review of the law has been resolved amicably. He added that Ibadanland, and indeed, Oyo State, has returned to its pacesetter status which made it the envy of other regions, particularly, in terms of chieftaincy law.

Governor Makinde stated: “When the crisis of the Obaship in Ibadanland started, I was right here in the Liberty Stadium and said that if there is any division or faction in the land, I will pitch my tent with the King.

“Today, I am also happy that the crisis we have been witnessing on the issue of Olubadan stool has been settled. God has really taken control of everything.”

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