- The people of Ibadanland on Friday, March 11, got a new Oluban in the person of Dr Lekan Balogun
- Balogun was installed as the head of the ancient Ibadan Kingdom by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo
- The crowning ceremony was attended by a lot of Nigerian dignitaries including Vice president Yemi Osinbajo and one of his predecessors, Atiku Abubakar
Governor Makinde presented the staff of office to Balogun at a grand ceremony which took place on Friday at Mapo Hall in Ibadan.
In his speech after he was crowned the Olubadan, Balogun vowed never to disappoint the people of Ibadanland and the nation generally.
A report by The Cable quoted him:
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“I want to assure all that I will not the people of Ibadan down. I will not let the people of Nigeria down."
The newly crowned monarch expressed his gratitude to traditional rulers, serving and former governors and lawmakers from the National Assembly for honouring the invitation to the event.
Among the dignitaries present at the crowning ceremony were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Atiku Abubakar, Governor Dapo Abiodun, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Lamidi Adeyemi, Alaafin of Oyo; Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife; Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto.
The Oyo state government shared a photo and a video of the event on its official and verified Twitter page.
See the tweets below:
Victory at last as court dismisses ruling against Lekan Balogun
Earlier, a high court in Oyo on Tuesday, February 1, voided the suit challenging the verdict that nullified the promotion of high chiefs in Ibadan to become Obas under the Abiola Ajimobi-led administration.
This ruling by the court has removed the hurdle standing in the way of Lekan Balogun to be made the new Olubadan of Ibadan.
Controversies had surrounded the nomination, appointment, approval, and announcement of Oba Lekan Balogun, who was the next in line to the throne, as the new Olubadan.
The presiding judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, gave the judgment at a sitting at the court in the state.