Some markets closes for 8th-day fidau

By Iyabo Adebisi

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has hailed the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba  Lekan Balogun for bringing peace and stability to the Olubadan Chieftaincy System within the short period of his reign.

Governor Makinde stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan at his Alarere home, reiterating that the state government would give Oba Balogun a befitting burial ceremony.

He said the late monarch who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District in the Senate between 1999 and 2003 played roles that ensured the traditional system did not fall apart.

The governor maintained that though Oba Balogun’s death was painful to him, because they shared a relationship that transcended politics, his life should be celebrated for his contributions to the progress of Ibadanland, Oyo State and the traditional institution.

Governor Makinde urged the family of the monarch to remain united, promising to always do the needful as the situation arises.

Welcoming the governor on behalf of the Alli Iwo Family, a former Head of Service in Oyo State, Chief Tajudeen Aremu, appreciated Governor Makinde for his support towards the late monarch during his lifetime.

Speaking on behalf of the immediate family, the first daughter of the late Oba Balogun, Mrs Funmilayo Osinowo thanked the governor for his love and care for their father while alive. 

Meanwhile, the Babaloja General of Oyo State, Alhaji Yekeen Abass has announced the closure of some markets in Ibadan, as the 8th day fidau of Late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba  Lekan Balogun holds today. 

He made this known in a statement made available to newsmen. 

Announcing on behalf of Market leaders and elders, Babaloja said it’s important market men and women give honour to the Late monarch.

He added that market men and women in the state remembered the roles the Late Olubadan played in the development of Ibadanland.

He said Gate market, Oje market, Beere market, Ojaba market, Idi Arere market and Bode market would be closed to honour late Olubadan.

Alhaji Abass condoled with Governor Seyi Makinde, the Aliiwo family and sons and daughters of Ibadan and Oyo state in general.

The fidau will take place at Mapo Hall, Ibadan.

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