Why Olubadan’s burial, new ruler’s installation may be delayed

Olori Moriyike Odulana
Olori Moriyike Odulana
• Seriki lineage goes to court, lays claim to throne
• Leaders pay tributes to monarch
AMID tributes yesterday for the Olubadan, Oba Odulana Odugade, who died on Tuesday, there were indications that he may not be buried immediately. The installation of his successor will also be delayed.
Former President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief
Bayo Oyero,  told The Guardian at the residence of Alhaji Adetunji, where he had gone to pay homage to the Olubadan-designate: “Our late Olubadan was a devout Christian, who had extensive contacts and connections in and out of the country and all these interests would have to be consulted before his burial rites.”
The highly revered Ibadan high chief also offered an explanation as to why the installation of a new occupier of the Olubadan stool would be delayed.
Oyero said that the residence of the Olubadan-designate, Adetunji, was not befitting of the occupier of a royal stool like an Olubadan and indigenes of the town were in the process of constructing a new palace.

According to him, until the new palace is completed or in the
alternative, the current abode of Adetunji is re-furbished and raised to an acceptable standard, the installation cannot hold.
“The residence of the Olubadan-designate is not befitting of an Olubadan. The new palace we are building is still uncompleted. We have two options: we can wait for the completion of the ongoing palace project, which we can speed up or re-furbish the residence of the incoming monarch to the standard that will be acceptable to us for our Olubadan.”
However, the Serikii line in the Ibadan traditional council has gone to court demanding that it is its turn to produce the Olubadan even as there are indications that the burial rites of the late monarch and the installation of the new one would be delayed due to certain situations that have cropped up.
Head of Seriki line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, who spoke with reporters on the development said based on the 1989 Supreme Court judgement, he should be the next to be installed Olubadan.
Oyediji said he had filed a motion before the chief judge, Justice Muktah Abimbola, through his counsel, A. G Adeniran , seeking an order of the court that it is the turn of the Seriki line to produce the next Olubadan.
He said the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.

While accusing the Olubadan-in-Council of marginalisation, Oyediji said since the last Otun Seriki, Chief Adisa Meredith Akinloye was denied the opportunity before he died in 2007, the Seriki line was yet to be included as third line to the appointment of Olubadan.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his deputy, Sulaimon Lasun have separately expressed sadness over the death of the monarch.

In a statement by his special adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan , Dogara extended his condolence to the family of the deceased monarch, the people of Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole. He said that though the monarch could be said to have lived to a ripe old age, his death was a loss to Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria ‎as his wise counsel could no longer be sought for the benefit of the nation.
The Deputy Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Wole Oladimeji in a statement issued on his behalf said that Ibadan people‎ would for ever miss the peace-loving monarch for his contribution to the development of Ibadan and its environs.
Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, commiserated with the people of Ibadan and the Oyo State government over the death of the revered monarch whom he described as a well-accomplished Nigerian, who cut his teeth in various positions he occupied.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, Ambode said:“Oba Odulana was an accomplished Nigerian in the true sense of the word. He gave his all to serve the country in various capacities.”
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in his tribute said the Olubadan left this world when the entire Yoruba race needed him the most, especially now that the long overdue unification of the Yoruba traditional rulers and the race in general was gradually gaining momentum.
“The departed Olubadan has indeed secured God’s heart while on earth for he lived a substantial part of his life serving the good people of Ibadan, Yorubaland, Oodua race, Nigeria and humanity in general”, the Ooni said.
On his part, the governor-elect of Kogi state Yahaya Bello referred to the late traditional ruler as a unifying factor who used his good leadership to transform the economy and cultural awareness of the Ibadan people.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described the late monarch as a towering character whose footprints in Nigeria’s politics and traditional rulership would remain indelible. Atiku recalled the late Olubadan’s wisdom and counsel which he rendered to those who encountered him during his reign.

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