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Late Olubadan to be buried today

The late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Dr. Mohood Balogun will be buried by 4pm on Friday, March 15.

Politics Nigeria reports that the Olubadan died on Thursday night at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after a brief illness.

The respected traditional ruler passed on at age 81, barely two days after his second year on the throne.

Making the announcement was the Baba-Kekere Olubadan and his younger brother, Dr. Sen. Kola Balogun through a press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Personal Assistant (Media) to the late monarch, Oladele Ogunsola.

According to the statement, Dr. Balogun disclosed that Oba Balogun would be buried at his Aliiwo ancestral home by 4.00 pm on Friday according to Islamic rites.

The late Olubadan was the first and most educated to have emerged as Ibadan monarch, a British trained P.hd holder, a former university lecturer, a former member of the management staff of Shell British Petroleum, former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Nigeria People’s Party (NPP), former Senator and a successful businessman.

His last official outing was the Olubadan Advisory Council’s meeting which he presided over last Saturday where the decision to derobed Mogaji Akinsola, Olawale Oladoja was taken.

He however, on Tuesday instructed the Ekerin Olubadan, Oba Hamidu Ajibade to midwife a small committee to deliberate on last Friday’s decision on what should be the position of Ibadan Zone in the proposed newly reconstituted Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.

The decision of the small committee was earlier on Thursday ratified by the Olubadan Advisory Council at a meeting presided over by Otun Olubadan and the former governor of Oyo State, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja and was to be taken to the late Oba Balogun for his signature Friday morning to meet the deadline for submission to the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters later in the day.

The late traditional ruler is survived by wives, children and grandchildren.

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