By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday, extolled the virtues of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I, describing him as a quintessential patriot and nationalist who changed the history of the ancient city through his numerous contributions.
In his funeral oration delivered at the lying-in-state of the foremost monarch at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, he said the late Olubadan served meritoriously, and with dignity in all the positions that he was privileged to attain in his lifetime.
The lying-in-state was part of the week-long activities organized by the state government in conjunction with the family and other stakeholders to celebrate the life and times of Oba Odulana, the 40th Badland of Ibadanland, who joined his ancestors on January 19, 2016 at the age of 101.
Aside the children of the late royal father, also on hand to bid Oba Odulana farewell were the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Michael Adeyemo and other lawmakers from the state House of Assembly.
Also in attendance were members of the Olubadan-in-Council, members of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Ibadan elders, representatives of the political class and prominent indigenes and citizens of Ibadan.
Earlier in his welcome address, former Secretary to the State Government, who also served as the Chairman of the burial committee, Alhaji Ismael Olalekan Alli, also lauded the contributions of the late monarch to the development of Oyo State as a whole and Ibadan city in particular.
Ajimobi described the life of the revered monarch as that of discipline and commitment, while he described his reign as Olubadan as untainted, noble, eventful and peaceful.
He said, “Kabiyesi wore so many caps to the admiration of all and sundry during his lifetime. He walked through many paths and survived many challenges.”
Ajimobi described Oba Odulana as a great pathfinder, a shining example of good and great leadership in military service, politics, public service and education, adding “he has proved to be an influential beacon, a strong lighthouse to his country, his city and his subjects.”
Meantime, the Ibadan Elders’ Forum has called for a law that will forbid traditional rulers in Ibadanland from participating in politics.
Adegboyega Arulogun, Public Relations Officer of the forum said this after lying-in-state organised in honour of late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.