Olubadan Saliu Adetunj (file photo)
By Ayo Ogundele
Olubadan, the first class monarch, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who joined his ancestors yesterday after a brief illness, has been buried at his Popoyemoja Palace; Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Following the passing on of the 93-year-old monarch, a new Olubadan of Ibadan may be named this week to succeed him.
Eminent Nigerians, top government officials, led by Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan, and many indigenes witnessed the burial conducted by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland Sheikh AbdulGaniy Agbotomokekere.
The Nation reported that the palace would write the Ibadan West Council today informing it officially of Oba Adetunji’s demise.
The letter, it was gathered, would also inform the council of his burial and declare the Olubadan stool vacant.
It was however gathered that the council may wait for the completion of the eigh-day fidau for the late monarch after which the high chiefs would meet to choose the new Olubadan.
Besides, two members of the council – the Eekarun Balogun and Eekarun Olubadan – will be excluded because they are not kingmakers.
According to the chieftaincy declaration, the next-in-line will be chosen, except there is a strong objection based on disability or question of integrity.
High Chief Lekan Balogun, who is the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan, is next in rank to the Olubadan. He is expected to be crowned as the new Olubadan.
Balogun, former university lecturer and senator, was the governorship candidate of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) in Oyo State during the Second Republic.
The late Oba Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2017 after the death of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade.
Born on August 26, 1928 to the family of Raji Olayiwola and Suwebat Amope Adetunji in the Alusekere compound, Popoyemoja, he was the eldest of his father’s 17 children.
His mother came from the Balogun family of Apomu while his father was a renowned Ibadan indigene.
On how the monarch passed on, his media aide, Adeola Oloko, said: “It was around 1am that Kabiyesi passed on.”