Olubadan buried as deputy gov, others pay tribute

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The remains of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, were on Friday interred at his Aliiwo ancestral home around 4.30pm.

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The late monarch, who reigned for two years, died at the age of 81 on Thursday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, after a brief illness.

The state deputy governor, Bayo Lawal, led other government functionaries to the family burial ground at Aliiwo in the Ibadan North Local Government Area of the state.

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There was a lying-in-state at Mapo Hall from 12 noon to 1pm before the remains of the monarch were moved to Aliwo for burial after prayers.

The Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdulganiy Agbotomokekere, took charge as he led Islamic leaders in coordinating the burial arrangements and offering prayers for the late monarch.

Agbotomokekere described the deceased as a beacon of peace, adding that he was renowned for his unwavering honesty.

Former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who is also the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, led members of the Olubadan-in-Council to the burial.

The monarch who was once a lecturer, former senator, editor, director of industries and governorship candidate among others.

 

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