Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria was agog on Friday as Senator Mohood Olalekan Balogun was crowned the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The new Oba Balogun is taking on the title as the Okumade II.
Governor Seyi Makinde officially handed over the Certificate of Instrument of Office and Symbol of Authority to Oba Balogun, which made him officially the new Olubadan.
Makinde called on the members of the various councils, the chiefs and traditional fathers to remain steadfast in their role as the gatekeepers of our traditional systems.
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At the event were the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Other dignitaries in attendance were Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Deputy Governor of Osun, Benedict Alabi and Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State.
They were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan; and Ambassador of Republic of China to Nigeria, Cui Jiauchun.
There were also Oba Yusuf Adeleye, the Olubaka of Okaland in Ondo State; Oluwo of Iwoland; the Ikere of Saki and Aseyin of Iseyin.
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