Ibadan’s Olubadan-in-Council vows to go ahead with king’s installation
Even though Seriki chiefs are attempting to prevent the installation of the new Olubadan through the court, the Olubadan-in-Council has vowed to go ahead with this Friday’s planned installation of the new Olubadan of Ibadan adding that nothing can stop the installation.
The Olubadan-in-council insisted that there is no legal impediment against the coronation of the Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, on Friday. Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Dr. Lekan Balogun, said this yesterday at a joint press conference by the Olubadan-in-council and top officials of the state government, led by a former Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ismael Olalekan Alli.
Balogun affirmed that arrangements were in top gear for the coronation of the new Olubadan and presentation of staff of office by the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. According to him, efforts are being made to mobilize people to attend the ceremony from across the eleven local governments that make up Ibadan.
The High Chief said the coronation ceremony would be attended by dignitaries, foremost traditional rulers and top musicians across the country, some of whose works were produced by the Olubadan designate on his Omo Aje record label years back.
Balogun revealed that the Olubadan-in-waiting became a Mogaji in 1976 and Jagun Balogun in 1978 and rose through the ranks, climbing 23 steps in the Balogun line, until 2015 when he became the Balogun of Ibadanland.