By Adeola Oladele & Dupe Laniyan, Ibadan
The Monatan Palace of the late Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, became a Mecca of sorts for sympathisers who converged on the place to mourn the passage of the revered traditional ruler who died on Tuesday evening at the age of 102.
His residence was a beehive of activities as encomiums were poured on him as different dignitaries were seen eulogising him as a great monarch per excellence for his good deeds while he was alive.
The Ashipa-Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Eddy Oyewole, said Olubadan would continue to live on in his heart.
He described Oba Odugade’s life as a one worthy of emulation, adding that “who will even live up to 100 years, talk less someone who lived up to 102 and was still very full of energy and discipline. He will continue to live in my own heart and his life is no longer to be mourned.”
“He is worthy of celebration and I will continue to celebrate him,” he said.
Other dignitaries present at the palace included the Provost, Cathedral of St Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, Very Rev. (Dr.) Wale Adebiyi, who came to pay condolence to the Olori on behalf of the Diocese of the Ibadan North. He said he thanked God for his life because the late monarch lived a fulfilled.
One of the children of the monarch, Prof. Femi Lana, declined to make any comment on the death of his father, saying, “I cannot say anything until the governor (Ajimobi) makes the announcement. It is all in the hands of the governor. You have to forgive me. Thank you very much for being here. We really appreciate your efforts.”
In his tribute, the Otun-Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, said the late Olubadan was a great man, a philosopher king, who was not just an ordinary king, but a highly disciplined and very loyal king.
“Like I said in my condolence register, Nigeria will not forget him, never. He was a great man,” Balogun maintained.