Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade I, to his ‘pure heart that is devoid of hatred to his fellow man’.
He made this known on Monday at a church service held to mark the monarch’s birthday held at the St. Peters Aremo, Ibadan.
According to him, Oba Odulana harboured no hatred or bitterness against anyone and asked the present generation of Nigerians to learn a critical lesson from his life.
“Those who knew him, even pre-his ascendancy to the throne, speak eloquently about a man who typifies honour and nobility. He has an attachment to the place of humanity in the scheme of things. Perhaps in the fact that Kabiyesi constantly ventilates his heart from the consuming fire of bitterness towards his fellow man and his sworn avowal to always do good to everyone can be found the secret of his longevity. We all have one lesson or the other to learn from this purification of the heart from the cancer of hatred,” he said.
While extolling Oba Odulana as a gentleman and a man of honour, he said the monarch typified the Yoruba classification of a honourable man.
“In the Olubadan is a demonstration of the elusive concept of Omoluabi. The Omoluabi, for the purpose of clarification, is that man who carries nobility, human goodness and trust around him like a pouch. With Kabiyesi, you know where you stand as he does not suffer fools gladly.
“In him you find the discipline of a trained soldier, the consummate nobility of a gentleman and the astuteness of a man of honour. His own politics transcended the type found on the streets today; it was the politics of a statesman. To a statesman like him, politics could not be worth its salt until it transforms the lives of the collective citizenry and repositions society on the path of transformation,” the governor said.
Ajimobi also extolled the Olubadan as one of the first sets of people to acknowledge the urban renewal initiative of his administration.
Governor Ajimobi also lauded President Goodluck Jonathan whom he said would have been at the centenary celebration but for the unfortunate tragedy that befell the nation earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, His Imperial Majesty Oba (Dr) Samuel Odulana Odugade I, has been urged to continually give thanks to God for the uncommon celebration of his 100th birthday.
This advice was given by Most Revd Segun Okubadejo, in his message delivered at the centenary birthday celebration of the Olubadan.
Okubadejo said the monarch had lived a life full of service to humanity and selfless. He noted that: “Oba Odugade I was the first Olubadan to clock 100 years on the throne and first to serve humanity in many capacities.
“A soul that thrives to do just, walk humbly with God. Kabiyesi, you can pass for the righteous for your impeccable virtues in education, politics and the civil service, your contributions.
“Continue to trust in the Lord, give thanks always and continue with your good service. God want you to continue to confide in His truth, God wants you to make a trial of His Love, want you to pray and worship him more,” said Okubadejo who revealed that the traditional ruler still sends his tithes and offering to the church.
He urged Oba Odugade to give praises to God, everyday of his life. According to him: “Despite your human short falls, he keeps loving you and has been faithful to you, even in your old age.
You will step into new joy, life, strength till the you breath your last.”
In his goodwill message, President Goodluck, who was represented by the Minister of Information Labaran Maku, said his dream to attend the centenary celebration of Olubadan was borne out of his promise he made during the 99th birthday ceremony last year. However, that dream was shattered by an early morning bomb explosion which occurred on Monday in Abuja.
Labaran Maku, led a powerful delegation representing the President with other ministers from the Federal Executive Council are: Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Dr Omobola Johnson, Dr Akinwumi Adesina. Maku started with a minute silence on behalf of the victims, eulogised the Olubadan, describing his life as “a very rare breed.”
“Olubadan is an encyclopaedia of enterprises. Having started school at the age of eight in 1922, being born in the year of Nigeria’s amalgamation means a lot. Your life reflects history in the Second World War,” Jonathan said.
The occasion was attended by many dignitaries which included: former governors of Oyo State General David Jemibewon (rtd); Dr Omololu Olunloyo; Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Others are former Senate Leader Senator Teslim Folarin, Engineer Seyi Makinde, Barrister Sarafadeen Alli, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Oba Frederick Akinruntan, the
GOC 2nd mechanised Division, Oyo State Commissioner of Police Abubakar Indabawa, Bishop Akinfenwa, Bishop Ola Makinde, Archbishop Abegunrin, Right Rev Jacob Ajetunmobi among others.
In his address, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi revealed that President Goodluck called him three times in the morning to explain why he could not make the trip attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1.
The Senate President, Senator David Mark in his congratulatory message rejoiced with the Olubadan, saying the century celebration is a remarkable one.
In her message to the monarch, the FCT Minister of State Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide described the monarch as taking his place in history books.