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.

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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.

Olubadan Odulana, One Of UI’s Greatest Icons – Professor Olayinka

OlubadanThe Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan has described the late Olubadan of Ibadan Land, Oba Samuel Odulana (Odugade I), as one of the University’s quintessential icons.

The late Olubadan was one of the natives who was instrumental to the release of the land on which the University of Ibadan was built to the colonial government.

Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka made the disclosure in a statement by the University’s Director of Public Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo.

He said that the premier institution was eternally grateful to Oba Odulana for his wonderful contributions to the sustainable growth of the University.

“Right from the beginning of the institution, he showed tremendous interest in the activities of the institution and will remain one of the towering figures in the history of the University of Ibadan,” the Vice Chancellor stated.

Describing him as one of the pillars of the modern Ibadan and Nigeria, Professor Olayinka added that “even when he was frail in health, he continued to encourage the enthronement of good governance in Nigeria through intellectual discourses and contributions”.

The academic recalled that it was in recognition of the late monarch’s invaluable contributions to all strata of education in Nigeria that the University honoured him with an honorary degree (LL.D) in 2010.

“Oba Odulana helped to build a generation of hardworking, decent and transparent Nigerians through his services in many capacities as a teacher, public administrator, soldier and politician. We are encouraged by the fact that he was an uncommon gift to the education family and humanity,”he said while stressing that his immense legacy would continue to be a guiding light to future generation.

Speaking on behalf of the council, Senate, congregation, management, staff and students of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka commiserated with the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; the National President, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Wole Akinwande and the good people of Ibadan on the death of the great monarch.