The week-long activity for the burial of the highly-revered Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, eventually came to an end at the weekend when his remains were interred at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan. President Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. There was no doubt that Oba Odugade got a hero’s burial, which he richly deserved. Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who called him a highly respected monarch who changed the story of traditional ruler in Ibadanland, gave the monarch a state burial. He said the late Oba Odulana was not just a traditional ruler; he was a minister of the Federal Republic. President Buhari described Oba Odulana as an epitome of honesty and dignity. The president said the departed monarch exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime.
Oba Odulana ascended the Olubadan throne in 2007 at the age of 93 and ruled for close to 10 years. At 102, he was perhaps one of the oldest traditional rulers in history. He was also perhaps the most educated of the Olubadans of Ibadanland in recent times. As the jury are out calling for a review of Ibadan chieftaincy system to pave way for the installation of a younger monarch in the ancient Ibadanland as witnessed in recent times in some parts of Yorubaland, here was one Ibadan monarch who could hold his own anywhere, notwithstanding his advanced age given his education and exposure. As pointed out he was a top civil servant and federal minister. Adieu Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1. Sun re o.