The many rites that heralded the new Olubadan, Oba AdetunjiOgungunnuso 1
VANGUARD MARCH 6, 20163:01 AMIN SPECIAL REPORT COMMENTS ByOla Ajayi, Ibadan
The installation and presentation of staff of office to the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba SaliuOlasupoAdetunjiAjeOgungunnuso 1, on Friday, at Mapo Hall, cannot be forgotten in a jiffy. Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba SaliuAkanmuAdetunji receiving Staff of Office from Governor AbiolaAjimobi of Oyo State while his Oloris look on yesterday.Pix Dare Fasube It was a day that politicians in Oyo State put their bitterness aside to honour the 87- year-old monarch.
On that day, Governor AbiolaAjimobi, former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, AlhajiRashidiLadoja, Senator Teslim Folarin and host of others, from different political tendencies, came together under the same roof. Many traditional rulers from within and outside the South-West also attended. They include the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba LamidiOlayiwolaAdeyemi 111; Ooni of Ife, Oba AdeyeyeEniitanOgunwusi; Oba Rilwanu of Lagos; the Alake, Oba AdedokunAremuGbadebo; and the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari. The rich cultural display at the occasion overshadowed the litigation filed against the new monarch by the estranged Seriki line. The ceremony was slated for 9am, but, due to some traditional rites that members of the Olubadan-in-Council and the king went to perform in a nearby shrine, people had to endure the scorching sun. Crowning After the rites, Oba Adetunji was crowned at about 9:53am after which he went for more rites.
The OluwoAfobajeLabosinde of Ibadanland, AlhajiWahabIdowuPopoolaMosadogun, stressed the importance of the rites, saying they were to initiate the new Olubadan into the royal priesthood. Calabash In Yoruba culture, when a king is about to be crowned, three calabashes are placed before him. In the three calabashes are different kinds of objects, including honey, pepper, bitter kola, kolanut, money and, sometimes, honey bees. The face of the king is tied and asked to pick one of the calabashes. The one he picks, it is believed, will prove whether his reign will be peaceful or not. In the case of the new Olubadan, he picked money and honey. After this, Ibadan High Chiefs entered and paid homage to the king. Oba Adetunji then prostrated to members of theOlubadan-in-Council and the people for the last time. After this, the king is not expected to prostrate for any other person on earth, even his parents. At 11:20am, he went to the Ose-meji Shrine where he performed the last rite after which he moved to Mapo Hall. Due to some stress he had undergone, the monarch showed some signs of exhaustion as he was supported by those around him when he became unstable.
People had to surround him and began to fan him. After some time, he regained his strength to the joy of many people who witnessed it. Before the presentation of the staff of office and certificate to the Olubadan, Ajimobi took the gathering down the memory lane. “By the transition of Oba (Dr.) Samuel OdulanaOdugade I on Tuesday 19th January, 2016 a vacuum was created in the Olubadan Chieftaincy which is a recognized Chieftaincy under Chiefs Law Cap 28 of Oyo State 2000. In line with the Declaration regulating appointment to the Chieftaincy, succession to the Stool of the Olubadan will be in strict rotation between the two major Chieftaincy lines, that is the Otun and the Balogun lines.
The late Oba was from Otun line while the new Olubadan is from Balogun line in conformity with the age long tradition”, the governor said. Those in attendance include the governors of Ogun, Osun, Lagos, Ekitiand Imo states, Senator IbikunleAmosun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode, AyodeleFayose and Chief RochasOkorocha respectively. Also in attendance are Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress; Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu; a former governor of Osun State, Prince OlagunsoyeOyinlola; Dr.OmololuOlunloyo; former governor of Jigawa State, Mr SaminuTuraki; senator representing Oyo South, SojiAkanbi; Chief Kola Daisi, industrialist; Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel IdowuOlayinka; Senator Teslim Folarin; a former Senate Leader; Mr BosunOladele, member representing Oorelope/Olorunsogo Constituency; and Mr. Dapo Lam-Adesina, member of House of Representatives.
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