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Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun dies at 81

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Olubadan-designate, Senator Lekan Balogun

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, is dead.

He was aged 81.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sulaimon Olanrewaju, on Thursday, Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde said Oba Balogun died Thursday evening at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

The governor described the late monarch as a towering figure akin to an Iroko tree.

“With total submission to the will of God, I announce the passing unto glory of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

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“A mighty Iroko has fallen; Oba Balogun has joined the ancestors.

“On behalf of the government and good people of the state, I condole with the immediate family of the Oba Balogun, the Olubadan-in-Council, the state Traditional Council and the people of Ibadanland. It is my prayer that God grants repose to the soul of our late monarch.”

Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun dies at 81

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state

“The passing of Oba Dr. Balogun marks the end of an era for Ibadanland, leaving behind a profound void in its rich history and heritage,” the statement reads.

The late Olubadan was born on October 18, 1942

He spent two years on the throne of his forefathers, having been presented the Staff of Office by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on March 11, 2022.

 

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