ANCIENT city of Ibadan was agog as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, celebrated his 90th birthday anniversary on Sunday.
The week-long birthday celebration attracted prominent monarchs across Yoruba land, members of the state executive council and gladiators across political divides.
Among the dignitaries at the reception, which wrapped up the one-week celebration of the monarch’s birthday were Oyo State Governor, Sen Abiola Ajimobi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Obateru Akinruntan; the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola; a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwanso, who was represented by Dr Muktar Umar; and the General Officer Commanding 2, Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Maj. Gen. Chukwudili Azinta, who was represented by Brig. Gen. Oluyinka Soyele.
Others were former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Rashidi Ladoja; legal luminary, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde; a former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Sarafadeen Ali; a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chief Bayo Adelabu; a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Joseph Tegbe; the Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Sunday Ola Makinde; President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, Chief Yemi Soladoye; and members of the Council of Lagos Traditional Chiefs.
In his message, Governor Ajimobi described the Olubadan as a loving and amiable father.
Ajimobi expressed happiness that the monarch, whom he referred to as his father, clocked 90 years, saying that the ancient city of Ibadan witnessed more development during his reign.
The governor stated that the imbroglio between the state government and gospel musician, Yinka Ayefele, has been resolved.
In his remarks Chairman, Olubadan 90th Birthday Celebration Committee, Prof Taoheed Adedoja said the essence of the birthday celebration was to celebrate Ibadan and pray for national unity and stability.
Adedoja, a former Minister of Youth and Sports, said to live long was by the glory and grace of God, urging the people to be good to their parents, elders and the aged.
The former minister stated that the Yorùbá tradition, which Olubadan represents, should be preserved, respected and protected within the context of modernity and technological age.
Speaking during the event, the elated Olubadan said the occasion was to celebrate Ibadan, its diverse people and the unity of Nigeria as a whole, saying, that to live long is not a right but privilege.
Oba Adetunji, who was installed the 41st Olubadan on March 4,, 2016, thanked God for making him live beyond his father’s age.