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Buhari, Makinde congratulate new Olubadan of Ibadan



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Senator Lekan Balogun on his appointment as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

  The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday, in Abuja, believes that the dedication of High Chief Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, in diligently serving his people has rightly earned him the new position.

“I trust that the appointment of the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, which validates the noble and cherished tradition of Ibadan people in selecting a traditional leader, will bring peace and prosperity to the land and continued honour to the crown,” Buhari said.

The president extended best wishes of good health, wisdom and longevity to the royal father.

Meanwhile in his approval for the appointment of Sen Lekan Balogun as the new Olubadan, Gov Seyi Makinde wished the newly confirmed Olubadan a peaceful and eventful reign.

The approval follows a recommendation to that effect made by the Olubadan-in-Council and which was communicated to the governor.

The governor said: “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.

“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.”

Olubadan-designate, Dr Lekan Balogun has received an appointment letter as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The letter was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters of Oyo State, Dr. Bashir  Olanrewaju.

The letter was brought to the new Olubadan at his Alarere residence by the Chairman, Ibadan South-East Local Government, Mr. Emmanuel Alawode, accompanied by the Director of Administration and General Services in the same local government, Alhaja Tawakalit Adedotun.

The letter congratulated the new Olubadan for the well-deserved appointment and prayed that God will grant him good health and long life to steer the ship of Ibadanland Traditional Institution.

It also prayed that the tenure of Dr Balogun as the new Olubadan will usher in peace, progress and development of Ibadanland and Oyo State in general.

 The three-paragraph letter with the title ‘Appointment into the Olubadan of Ibadanland Chieftaincy Stool’ reads: I’m directed to refer to the letter No. IBSELG 243T/2000 of 3rd February 2022 on the above subject matter from Ibadan South-East Local Government and inform you with pleasure that His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State has graciously approved your appointment as new Olubadan of Ibadanland on the 14th day of February, 2022.

 “While congratulating you on this well-deserved appointment, I pray that God will grant you good health and long life to steer the ship of Ibadanland Traditional Institution.

“I also pray that your tenure as Olubadan of Ibadanland will usher in peace, progress and development of Ibadanland in particular and Oyo State in general”, the letter reads further.

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