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Olubadan of Ibadan Burial Watch: Activities for Final Home Journey of Late Oba Odulana Begin

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Activities for the final home journey of late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, commenced at the weekend with a Jumat prayer at the Oja’ba Central Mosque, Ibadan.

The Oyo State Government had last week rolled out the activities lined up for the 9-day programme starting from February 5 to February 14 during a press conference organized by the committee set up by the state government to work out modalities for the burial of the monarch, held at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan.

While presenting the governor’s address at the press briefing, Head of the Burial Committee and former Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Olalekan Alli, stated that Ajimobi described late Olubadan as an accomplished royal father, an administrator par excellence, irreplaceable/irrepressible patriot and an Ibadan irredentist.

He said the governor asserted that late Oba Odulana was very godly, God-fearing, consistent and stoic throughout his life time, positing that the late monarch had lived a life worthy of emulation and left unbeatable legacies in the ancient city, the state and of course, the entire country, as the royal father did not play the ostrich.

Alli said the sterling qualities exemplified by the late monarch gave the impetus for the setting up of the committee whose membership reflected the octopus nature of the late traditional ruler to see to the befitting burial for the highly esteemed monarch.
Alli further noted that membership of the committee also comprised of the state’s head of service, special advisers, permanent secretaries, representatives of CCII, representatives of the Olubadan-in-Council and members of the royal family and other government officials from the eleven local government areas in Ibadanland, which are Ibadan South East, Lagelu, Egbeda, Ibadan North East, Ibadan North, Ibadan North West, Ibadan South West, Ona-Ara, Akinyele, Iddo and Oluyole. 
According to him, the committee met severally and consulted all stakeholders before coming up with the activities for the burial. 

Alli reiterated the state government’s determination to provide adequate security at the venue of the programme.
Meanwhile, a service of songs will hold at Cathedral of St. Peters’ Aremo, Ibadan on Sunday, February, 7.
Similarly, lying-in-state will be held at Igbo Elerin and  Laduni Compound, Oja-Igbo on Monday, February 8, while a lecture/symposium will take place at Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan on Tuesday, February 9, and a cultural display will be held on the same day at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.

On Wednesday, February, 10, lying-in-state/tributes will take place for the late monarch at the ancient Mapo Hall, Ibadan.

Also, another lying-in-state will be held for him at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan on Thursday, February 11, while a Christian Wake will take place on the same day at his Monatan Palace.
The grand finale, which is the funeral service for Oba Odulana, will take place on Friday, February, 12 at the Cathedral of St. Peters’ Aremo, Ibadan while the burial ceremony will be rounded off on Sunday, February, 14 with a thanksgiving service also at the Cathedral of St. Peters’ Aremo, Ibadan.

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