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The New Olubadan Of Ibadan Is Lekan Balogun
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The New Olubadan Of Ibadan Is Lekan Balogun 

Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan, died on January 2, 2022, at the age of 93.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

The high chiefs of Ibadan have chosen Lekan Balogun as the next Olubadan of Ibadan.

Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan, died on January 2, 2022, at the age of 93.

The ascent of Balogun to the throne has sparked considerable debate.

However, at a conference held at Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the ten high chiefs declared that there is no court case blocking them from naming the new Olubadan.

They also stated that the late ex-Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s government did not violate the Ibadan chieftaincy proclamation of 1957 by raising them from high chiefs to kings.

Speaking during the meeting, Balogun said: “I enjoin you all to discard all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland, irrespective of the quarter from which such fake news emanate.

“In line with the traditional practice of Ibadanland when an occasion like this arises, the Olubadan-in-Council has been up and doing liaising with the Oyo state government to ensure that every necessary step to sustain the peace of the city is strictly followed.”

Since Balogun and other senior chiefs in the council were appointed kings by the late Ajimobi, an ex-Attorney General in Oyo, Michael Lana, wrote to Governor Seyi Mankinde, it is unconstitutional to promote any of them to the throne of Olubadan.

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