The new Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, will be crowned on Friday, 4th March 2016. The Olubadan seat became vacant following the death of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade on January 19. The Olubadan-in-Council had pronounced Adetunji, who is the Balogun of Ibadan, the Olubadan-designate as he is the most senior in rank to ascend the throne. The new Olubadan released the coronation date of his installation in his message to the President of the Ibadan Descendants Union, Mr. Laja Akintayo, through his media aide, Adeola Oloko, at the weekend following consultation with the Olubadan-in-Council and all other relevant stakeholders.
According to the message, Adetunji said, “One of the reasons why the coronation had not been held before now was because the late Olubadan Odulana Odugade deserved to be given a befitting burial, which was successfully completed last week. Sincerely, the Olubadan-in-Council must not only make, but submit their endorsement of the new Olubadan to His Excellency, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi. Then, the governor will ratify the decision. Once you cross the barrier, you get the date. So, the date is Friday, March 4 at Oja’ba, Ibadan where the previous Olubadans received their staff of office. On Saturday, March 5, there is going to be a big reception at a venue that is yet to be decided.”