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Oyo state government appoints 79- year-old Lekan Balogun as new Olubadan

The Oyo State Government has announced and approved appointment of Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, and this follows a recommendation made by the Olubadan-in-Council which was communicated to the Governor.

Penpushing reports that, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa made this known on Monday in a statement, adding that, the Govenor, Seyi  Makinde wished the newly confirmed Olubadan a peaceful and eventful reign.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland. The appointment is in line with the Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration, as well as the unique and time-tested tradition of our people’, the statement reads.

“On behalf of the government and good people of Oyo State, I wish the newly confirmed Olubadan a successful reign blessed with peace and unprecedented progress”, the Governor emphasised

Penpushing further reports that, the appointment of the 79 year old Balogun as Olubadan came weeks after controversies and uncertainties over the successor of  Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan who joined his ancestors on January 2 at the age of 93.

The ancestral arrangement of Ibadanland has it that, Balogun, a former senator, is the next in line to the throne, while in a similar development Governor Makinde also approved the revocation of the amended Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration, which regulates the selection to the Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy stool.

Penpushing also reports that, the statement said Makinde made the revocation order, dated February 11, 2022, in line with the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), in view of the Judgements of the Oyo State High Court on February 1 and 10 as well as Sections 7, 20,26 and 30 of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State 2000.

The four separate laws/White Papers approved for revocation were made public by the immediate past administration between 2017 and 2018, just as the statement listed the laws/white papers to include the amended declaration regulating the selection to the Olubadan Chieftaincy stool, published in August 2017.

Penpushing reports that, this include the implementation of the White Paper on the review of the existing Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other chieftaincies in Ibadan, published in August 2017; the approval of the appointment of beaded crowns for the Olubadan in Council published March 2018; and the appointment of beaded crowns and coronet wearing Obas published in March 2018.

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