- An influential monarch in southwest Nigeria, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, has died at the age of 93
- An official announcement of Oba Saliu Adetunji's death is expected later, but some palace sources confirmed the report
- The Yoruba king breathed his last in the early hours of Sunday, January 2, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has reportedly passed away. The 93-year-old monarch joined his ancestors on Sunday, January 2.
The death of the Yoruba monarch is yet to be announced officially, but sources at the palace who claimed anonymity confirmed the news, New Telegraph reports.
It was gathered that the monarch died at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo state.
When contacted by The Punch, the monarch’s aides neither confirmed nor denied the death.
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One of his media aides, when contacted on the telephone, said:
“Even if he is dead, it is the governor that will announce it."
Oba Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan on March 4, 2017. The successful businessman who was born on August 26, 1928, was the first of 17 children of his parents.
A former lawmaker, Oloye Lekan Balogun, who is currently Otun Olubadan, may be next in line to succeed the departed monarch according to the Ibadan monarchical hierarchy.
How former Olubadan died in 2016
Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who ruled over Nigeria's third largest city Ibadan, before Oba Adetunji, died in his sleep in 2016.
Legit.ng had reported that the Olubadan passed away on the evening of Tuesday, January 19, 2016, after he lost consciousness.
Oba Odulana had mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930.
The first traditional ruler to bear the new title was Oba Okunola Abass who reigned from 1930-1946.
Another prominent Yoruba traditional ruler dies
Three weeks ago, His Imperial Majesty, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, joined his ancestors.
The prominent monarch reportedly gave up the ghost early morning on Sunday, December 12, according to multiple sources
Oba Oyewumi who has been described as a peace loving monarch died at the ripe age of 95.