The Olubadan-Designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji may be installed as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland on Friday, March 4.
High Chief Adetunji who disclosed this over the weekend while receiving Juju music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Fabiyi Obey in his Popoyemoja, Ibadan residence, noted that the date was arrived at after extensive consultations with stakeholders in the state.
According to him, the coronation had not been held before now because the late Olubadan Odulana Odugade deserved to be given a befitting burial, which was successfully completed last week.
“Sincerely, the Olubadan-in-Council must not only make, but submit their endorsement of the new Olubadan to His Excellency, the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Then, the Governor must ratify the decision.
“Once you cross the barrier, you get the date. So, the date is Friday, March 4 at Oja’Ba, Ibadan where the previous Olubadan received their staff of office. But, Saturday, March 5 is for big reception at a venue that is yet to be decided,” he said.
Earlier, the Juju music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Obey had described the Olubadan-elect as a dependable and reliable pillar in music recording, composition, promotion, advertisement and marketing.
He said nothing could be too much for any musician to do to ensure the success of Olubadan’s coronation. He prayed for continued peace, progress and development in Ibadanland under the new leadership.
The Olubadan-in-waiting spoke in the same vein in a message he sent through his Media Aide, Adeola Oloko to the President of Ibadan Descendants Union, Laja Akintayo, saying Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5 this year remain sacrosanct.
The Ibadan Descendants Union in the United States had asked to know the date of the coronation and to determined the extent of their involvement.