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Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Is Dead

Bukola Oriowo  
Updated January 2, 2022
Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji (File Photo)

 

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has died.

The monarch who was 93 years old died on Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State.

An official statement from the palace is, however, yet to be released.

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Oba Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan following his coronation on March 4, 2016.

Prior to his coronation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, he was the Balogun of Ibadan land.

His death has attracted tributes from various political and traditional leaders across the country, including President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors.

President Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Oyo State, the royal family, the Olubadan-in-council, and the people of Ibadan on the passing of the monarch.

He affirmed that the late Olubadan was a visionary and compassionate leader who used the spheres of his influence as a respected traditional ruler, and a lover of the creative industry to advance the progress of his people by encouraging and motivating them to give their best in their vocation and to the nation.

“While his demise understandably leaves a huge void to fill, the President urges the people of Ibadan and Nigerians from different walks of life to honour the eternal memory of the deceased by imbibing the virtues he cherished so much: generosity, peace, tolerance, and devotion to unity,” the statement said.

“As the funeral rites of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland get underway in Ibadan, the President trusts that the process of selecting his successor will be guided by wisdom, understanding, and good judgment that exemplified the life he lived.

“President Buhari prays God to grant the soul of Oba Adetunji eternal rest and comfort the family, friends, associates, and subjects he left behind.”