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Uncertainty In Ibadan Over Olubadan’s Successor 

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Following the demise of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Lekan Balogun, there has been indications that all may not be going as planned with activities leading to the selection of the next Olubadan.

 

According to Ibadan tradition, it is believed that the the enthronement process for the next in line to the throne of the Olubadan was expected to begin immediately after the eighth-day prayer of the late Olubadan, which was held last week.

 

According to Premium Times, a meeting by the Olubadan advisory council, which was expected to have in attendance the next in line to the Olubadan throne, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, slated to hold on Tuesday, did not hold as planned.

 

At the planned meeting, Oba Olakulehin’s nomination was to be made by the Olubadan in council, and his nomination thereafter forwarded to the state governor.

 

However, there have been concerns regarding Oba Olakulehin’s health status as he has not been seen in public since the demise of the late Olubadan. He was also absent at the eighth-day prayer for the late Olubadan.

 

At the meeting convened by the Otun Olubadan, Rasheed Ladoja, billed to hold at Oja Oba on Tuesday, council members expected at the venue were absent as only Mr Ladoja himself was present.

 

Speaking with journalists, Mr Ladoja said other members of the Olubadan in council, who were absent, said the Olubadan-designate has not spoken to them. They have also not been able to ascertain his health condition.

 

He added that they were sceptical about whether he would be able to perform the roles of the Olubadan or not.

 

“The meeting was called for today and I am supposed to be the convener of the meeting. That is why I am here.

 

“He is also supposed to be here. But they want to make sure that he is ready, and when he is ready, he will be able to talk to them. I will call the meeting again anytime they are ready,” Mr Ladoja said.

 

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the Council of Obas in Ibadan land had on Monday held a meeting from which High Chief Ladoja was excluded.

 

One of the council members, Ekerin Olubadan, Oba Hamidu Ajibade, disclosed that they held a meeting at the same Oja Oba on Monday but the next-in-line to Olubadan throne, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, was absent.

 

Oba Ajibade said the next-in-line to the Olubadan’s throne cannot be nominated in absentia for approval by Governor Seyi Makinde.

 

He said nine of them, who were crowned kings, were present at the meeting except for Oba Olakulehin.

 

He also disclosed that the meeting was for Obas and not Chiefs, saying they are the Oba Advisory Council.

 

“Nine of us were in attendance. All of us are Royal Majesties. We are the Obas that the late Oba Lekan Balogun gave crowns to by the power conferred on him by our governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

“We are the Oba Advisory Council. We are not chiefs. The only Oba who was not present at the meeting was Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, and we cannot nominate him in his absence,” he said.

 

Oba Ajibade also stated that they had visited the house of Oba Olakulehin upon the demise of the late Olubadan but were told by his son, Sunbo Owolabi, that he was not around.

 

“We met his son, who told us that Baba was not around. We told him that anytime he is around, they should let us know in order for us to pay homage to him as the new Olubadan.

 

“Everybody knows what is going on in Ibadan. We know the next king. That is Baba Owolabi. He is the one that will become His Imperial Majesty,” he added.

 

He, however, disclosed that he was unaware of the meeting Mr Ladoja convened.

 

“I am not aware of any scheduled meeting. We, the Obas, met on Monday, and it was concluded that we will continue to wait till we see the new Oba,” Oba Ajibade said.

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Olobu of Ilobu Set To Marks 50th Coronation Anniversary.

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Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan, The Olobu of Ilobu, of Irepodun local government area of Osun State, is set to mark his 50th coronation anniversary on May 25th, 2024, at the St. Paul’s Grammar School playing ground, Ilobu.

 

According to the Chairman of the Olobu @50 Anniversary Committee, Alhaji Abdulwahab Ademola Falowo, said that the two-week-long celebration will feature cultural displays, sports, education, and conferment of chieftaincy titles.

 

Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan was enthroned in 1974 and has been a shining example of selflessness, compassion, and devotion to the well-being of the Ilobu community.

 

Falowo noted that the anniversary celebration will honor the legacy of the Olobu’s remarkable tenure and the rich cultural heritage and traditions of Ilobu land.

 

Speaking further, he disclosed that as part of the celebration, the Olobu will confer chieftaincy titles on distinguished Nigerians, including the Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke, and others.

 

The committee therefore reeled out planned series of events, including cultural displays, education summits, health outreaches, and thanksgiving services, to mark the milestone.

 

Below is the breakdown of the event:-

 

Day 1:- Monday 13th of May,2024 .

Press Conference

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10:00am

 

Day 2. Thursday 16th of May,2024

Cultural Display.

Venue – Olobu Palace.

Time:- 10am – 4:00pm

 

Day 3. Friday 17th of May,2024

Special Prayer (Islamic).

Venue:- Ilobu Central Mosque

Time:- 10am to 12:pm

 

Day 4. Saturday 18th of May,2024

1.Iwure Ifa

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 8:00am to 10:am

 

(2) Education Summit

Venue:- Ilobu House Complex

Time:- 10:00 to 4:00pm

 

Day 5 – Sunday 19th of May,2024

Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10:00am

 

(2) Special Prayer by (CAN)

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 2:00pm

 

Day 6 Monday 20th of May,2024

Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10 am

 

Day 7 Tuesday 21st of May,2024

(1)Walk to Live

Venue:- Convergent point

Time:- 7:00am to 9:00am

 

(2) Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10:00am

 

(3) Health Outreach

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time -10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Day 8. Wednesday 22nd of May,2024

(1) Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10:00am

 

(2)Final of football Competition

Venue:- St. Paul Grammar School

Time:- 4:00pm

 

Day 9 Thursday 23rd of May,2024

Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10: 00am

 

Day 10 Friday 24th of May,2024

(1) Chieftaincy titles

Venue:- Olobu Palace

Time:- 10:00am

 

(2) Special Jumat Service

Venue:- Ilobu Central Mosque

Time:- 1:30pm

 

Day 11 Saturday 25th of May,2024

The Main Event

Venue:- St Paul’s Grammar School

Time:- 11:00am

 

Day 12 Sunday 26th of May,2024

Thanksgiving Service

Venue:- St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Ilobu

Time:- 9:00am.

 

The Olobu’s 50th coronation anniversary is a testament to his dedication and service to the Ilobu community, and the committee invites the public to join in the celebration.

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Olukun of Ikun Akoko, Oba Michael Adedoyin Olokunbola Dies At 71.

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The Olukun of Ikun Akoko, Oba Michael Adedoyin Olokunbola JP, in the Akoko South West local government area of ondo state has joined his ancestors at 71.

According to the statement issued and signed by Elder Titus Orimijupa, the president Ikun Akoko Progressive Union announcing the death confirmed the monarch died in Lagos Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

“On behalf of the entire good people of Ikun-Akoko in Akoko SouthWest Local Government Area of Ondo State the Ikun-Akoko Progressive Union announce with deep sense of loss the glorious home call of the Olukun of Ikun-Akoko His Royal Majesty Pastor Michael Adedoyin Olokunbola, JP who joined his ancestors on 23rd January 2024 in Lagos University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness. He was installed the Olukun of Ikun-Akoko on 10th May 2003. He reigned for twenty years and eight months.”

In accordance with the customs and traditions of the people of Ikun-Akoko, which provides that all traditional rites of passage befitting of the holder of the title of Olukun of Ikun-Akoko that has joined his forebearers be concluded within three months of his joining his ancestors before a formal announcement of his passing is made, a formal announcement of his passing was therefore made on Tuesday 23rd April 2024.

According to Orimijupa, all traditional rites of passage expected to have been done for an Olukun of Ikun-Akoko that has joined his ancestors have been done within the three months window allowed before the announcement of the demise of Olukun of Ikun-Akoko, HRM Michael Adedoyin Olokunbola, JP.

He noted that, “HRM Michael Adedoyin Olokunbola will be remembered for his leadership qualities and the numerous developmental projects he facilitated to the community during his reign as the Olukun of Ikun-Akoko.

As the people of Ikun-Akoko mourn the loss of this great leader and a symbol of unity, we passionately request for your prayers for his immediate family, the Odeolukun Ruling House and the entire good people of Ikun-Akoko.

Therefore the family of the late Monarch in conjunction with the Odeolukun Ruling House and the entire Ikun-Akoko community have fixed Saturday 4th May 2024 as the day to celebrate the times and life of the late Monarch.

“The Government of Ondo State and the entire good people of the state and Nigeria are respectfully invited to the celebration of Life.

May his rest in peace.

With a view to avoiding vacuum, the Odeolukun Ruling House, in line with extant traditional requirements has nominated and installed Princess Bolanle Deborah Jacob as the Regent of the stool of Olukun of Ikun-Akoko on Tuesday 23rd April 2024. The Akoko SouthWest Local Government of Ondo State has been formally notified of this development.

Thank you”

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Oluwo of Oyo files petition against Basorun over alleged criminal conspiracy, threat to life

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The Oluwo Alaafin of Oyo, Chief Ikusaanu lfaleye lyanda, has filed a petition against the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Akinade Ayoola, over alleged criminal conspiracy, threat to life and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace in oyo town, Oyo State.

 

The petition, signed by the lawyer to Oluwo, M.R. Idowu Esq, was addressed to Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adebola Hamzat.

 

“We act as Solicitors to Chief Ikusaanu lfaleye lyanda (Oluwo Alaafin of Oyo Town) (Hereinafter referred to as our Client) and pursuant to whose instructions we write this petition.

 

“It is the instructions of our client that on the April 8, 2024, Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) invited the Oluwo lsheke of Oyo Town in person of Chief Ifaniyi Omoyeni Ayinla to his home. He subsequently told Chief Ifaniyi Omoyeni Ayinla to go and warn our client that failure to support his choice to ascend the throne of Alaafin would subject our client to facing his wrath as the Prime Minister of Oyo kingdom.

 

“Furthermore, Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) boasted openly that he would harm various unknown individuals with various kinds of dangerous weapons to maliciously and intentionally attack our client, if our client fails to succumb to his threatening demands and command.

 

“Sir, as if that was not enough, Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) has now resorted to threatening fire and brimstones and warned our client not to move freely within Oyo Town and its environs. He boasted in strong words to get rid of our client and also terminate our client’s chieftaincy title.

 

“Sir, it is our fear that if these reckless criminal activities and threats are allowed to continue unabated, the situation might snowball into intractable civil unrest in the entire community and its neighbouring areas.

 

“This development has brought untold hardship and discomfort to our client.

 

“We, therefore, humbly request that our complaint be investigated by your good office and if found culpable, the said guilty individual be prosecuted for criminal conspiracy, threat to life and conduct likely to cause the breach of public peace,” the petition read.

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