President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of the late Olubadan of Ibadan land as an epitome of honesty, courage and dignity.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President made the call on Wednesday at the funeral service of the departed monarch held at the St. Peters’ Cathedral, Aremo in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He said that Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I, exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime and this informed the progress made in Oyo State.
The President stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive as well as to leave a good legacy after death.
He said that the whole of Nigeria was proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness.
In his remarks, the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, paid a glowing tribute to the late traditional ruler whom he said had exemplary attributes.
Governor Ajimobi said that the late Olubadan 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, 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.
Dignitaries from all walks of life on Wednesday paid their last respect to the departed Olubadan of Ibadan land as his remains was committed to mother earth.
Among them were the Governors of Osun and Lagos States, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and Mr Akinwumi Ambode and the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu.