The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde today officially presented the Staff of Office to the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Mohood Lekan Balogun (Alli Okumade II) amid funfare and pageantry.
The coronation ceremony of the new Olubadan which held at the historic Mapo hall, Ibadan was witnessed by eminent personalities from all walks of life ranging from the Nigeria’s Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Also at the event were the Chariman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Ex-Governors Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo) while Deputy Governors Murphy Orimisan Ayedatiwa (Ondo), Benedict Alabi (Osun) represented their State Governors.
Similarly, Ex-Deputy Governor, Otunba Femi Pedro, of Lagos State represented the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the event.
The roll call also included Dr Frederick Obateru, Olugbo of Ugboland; the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubarkar, members of the Olubadan-in-Council, and the Oba Yoruba in Kano, Alhaji Muritala Alimi Otisese.
Others are traditional rulers, political appointees and religious leaders including: the Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Sheikh Abdulganir Agbotomokekere; Nigerian Ambassador to the Benin of Republic, Tukur Buratai; the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams; Cultural Ambassador of Yorubaland, Chief Mrs Mutiat Ladoja; Prelate Emeritus Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Sunday Makinde; a former Minister of Trade and Commerce, Dr Mrs Onikepo Akande; former CAN President, Oyo State, Pastor Benjamin Akano and CAN Chairman, Oyo State, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju.
The arrival of the Vice-President signalled the official commencement of the ceremony attended by thousands of Ibadan residents from home and abroad.
There was heavy security presence in Ibadan, as more dignitaries arrived the venue.
Major routes like Iwo Road, Iyana-Church, Agodi, Gate, Mokola, Ojoo, Beere, Dugbe and all adjourning roads that led to the Mapo hall were barricaded with heavy security operatives.
In his acceptance speech shortly after receiving the staff of office, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun appreciated the state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who was the chief host and other distinguished guests present at his coronation ceremony.
According to him ” in furtherance of the unequal loyalty your Excellency has for the state and your unalloyed respect for the Olubadan stool, I, Oba (Dr.) Mohood Olalekan Ishola Balogun, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan, hereby accept the staff of office as the new Olubadan of Ibadan today the 11th of March 2022.
“To the good people of Ibadan land particularly the entire members of the Olubadan in council, I say thank you for your cooperation and understanding as you stood solidly behind the integrity of the Olubadan stool and the age-long tradition of Ibadanland. I am proud of you all, to all our invited guests, I wish you God’s mercy and protection as you journey back to your various destinations.”