Buhari Eulogises Olubadan As Body Is Interred

OlubadanDignitaries from all walks of life on Friday paid their last respect to the departed monarch, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, as his remains was committed to mother earth.

Leading Dignitaries at the funeral service which was held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral Aremo Ibadan, was the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.

In the message delivered by Prof. Osinbajo, the President said that the departed monarch exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informs the progress made in Oyo state.

The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive and to leave a good legacy after death.

He said, “The whole of Nigeria is proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.”

Eminent personalities from all walks of live joined the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bid the foremost king final farewell.

Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Mr Akinwumi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.


In his remarks, Governor Ajimobi paid glowing tribute to what he called the exemplary attributes of the late traditional ruler saying he left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Diocese of Ibadan North, Church of Nigeria – Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Olusegun Okubadejo said that the myriad of orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.

The priest challenged all and sundry to be cognizant of the need to live a life that would guarantee them good names and legacies after their death.

Speaker Dogara Mourns Olubadan Of Ibadan Land‎

SpeakerThe Speaker of the House of Representatives has expressed sadness over the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I.

Honourable Yakubu Dogara expressed his sadness on Wednesday in a statement issued by his special adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan.

He extended his condolence to the family of the deceased monarch, the people of Ibadan and Oyo State as a whole.

Wise Counsel

The Speaker noted that though the late revered monarch could be said to have lived to a ripe old age, his death was a loss to Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria, saying that his wise counsel can no longer be sought in matters related to moving the nation forward.

The Speaker prayed that God would grant him eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the big loss.

Having mounted the throne in 2007, as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan Land, the late monarch passed away on Tuesday evening at age 101.

He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930.

Dogara Congratulates Golden Eaglets

Dogara Congratulates Golden EagletsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Nigeria’s Under-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets over their victory at the world championship in Chile.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, on Monday, Dogara said that the Golden Eaglets have done Nigeria and Nigerians proud.

“I congratulate the nation’s U17 national team over this historic victory over Mali.

“You have done us proud and demonstrated that with hard-work and unity of purpose, we can surmount our challenges and emerge victorious as a nation.

“I doff my hat for these young patriots who have written their names in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s soccer history”, he said.

The Speaker who hailed the ‘indomitable team spirit’ exhibited by the players throughout the tournament, said that the team played the classical Nigerian pattern of football against their opponents.

“Special congratulation goes to the technical team led by Emmanuel Amuneke who put in so much effort in selecting the winning team.

“I want to use this medium to call on authorities of the nation’s football and other sports to harness talents of young men and women in our country”, Dogara said.

He said that football has over time proved to be one thing that had continued to unite Nigerians.

“We should emulate the Golden Eaglets who, though of different background and religion, put aside their difference to win this prestigious trophy for Nigeria.

“These young men have proved their mettle, we all need to encourage them to go for higher heights. I look forward to meeting with the team when they return home”, he added.

He noted that the task ahead of the Golden Eaglets’ handlers is to keep the team together and groom them for bigger competitions in the future.

Dogara added, “Nigeria has abundant sporting talents with potentials to rule the world if properly harnessed”.

The Golden Eaglets on Monday, retained their U-17 World Cup title after beating African champions Mali 2-0 in the final in Chile.