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Oyo Government Set Up Committee for Olubadan Burial

The special committee set up by the Oyo State government to oversee the final burial ceremony of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji has assured residents of Ibadan and guests that would attend the ceremony of adequate security of lives and properties.

The committee, which was headed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bayo Lawal was inaugurated on Monday 24th, January 2022 and has among members, political appointees, top government officials, representatives of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Ibadan Progressive Union (IPU) and family members of the late Olubadan.

According to the statement by Mr Bayo Lawal, Saturday 12th February 2022 has been set aside as a Day of Tributes to celebrate the late Olubadan at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium at Oke-Ado in Ibadan, starting from ten in the morning.

Other activities lined up for the day include prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased by Christian, Muslim and traditional religious leaders, after which there would be traditional eulogies, tributes by selected personalities and groups.

There will be a documentary on the life and times of the late Olubadan to detail the views of the deceased on Ibadan traditional Chieftaincy law among other interesting issues.

“Let me at this juncture assure all guests, visitors and friends that will be attending, that adequate security is guaranteed before, during and after the event, all security agencies in the State have been alerted and mobilized, including the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA), so as you have effective and free-flow traffic around the venue and adjoining roads within the Oke-Ado and Ring Road/ Liberty Road axis.

“It is, therefore, pertinent to warn trouble makers ad people that do not have anything doing at the event to stay away, as security agents will not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone who conducts themselves in manners that are likely to cause a breach of peace and order.”

The commissioner used the medium to invite great sons and daughters of Ibadanland within Nigeria and in the diaspora to join hands with the State government to ensure a befitting burial is accorded the late monarch.

While appreciating the State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde for giving the committee the needed support and wherewithal to accomplish the success of the burial, the Committee Chairman enjoined members of the media industry to accord the event the needed publicity.

Iyabo Adebisi

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