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Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun Is Dead

Posted by Amarachi on Fri 15th Mar, 2024 - tori.ng

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Governor Makinde said Oba Balogun died Thursday evening, March 14, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

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Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, has joined his ancestors at the age of 81.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State confirmed the passing away of the monarch.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Governor Makinde said Oba Balogun died Thursday evening, March 14,  at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

He wrote, “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.

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

“In Kabiyesi, Ibadanland had a cosmopolitan and well-experienced Olubadan, who made indelible marks on the sands of history and achieved greatly within a short while.

“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.”

“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,
” he added.

Born in 1942, Oba Balogun, who was a Fourth Republic Senator, represented Oyo Central senatorial district between 1999 and 2003.

He ascended the throne on March 11, 2022, after the demise of Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Oguguniso III. Adetunji, 93, had died on January 2, 2022, after reigning from March 4, 2016.



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