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The Olubadan, Oba (Dr) Senator Olalekan Ishola Balogun Alli Okunmade II, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, has died.

This is as the Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba (Grand Council of Yoruba Youths) has expressed sadness over the death of the traditional ruler, merely two years into his reign.

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Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba (Grand Council of Yoruba Youths), Ajijagbara (Comrade) Awa Bamiji, in a statement said, “Just a little above 2 years of his peaceful reign in Ibadan, it’s sad to receive the news of the passage unto glory of Oba (Dr) Senator Olalekan Ishola Balogun Alli Okunmade II, the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, who passed on yesterday’s evening at University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State.

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“We were about sending this adjusted Press Release out to celebrate his life, 2nd Anniversary on the throne, before the news filtered in and compulsorily, we are now using it to mourn him.

Olubadan and Awa Bamiji During Courtesy Visit By Yoruba Youths After the Monarch Ascended the Throne over 2 Years Ago
Olubadan and Awa Bamiji During Courtesy Visit By Yoruba Youths After the Monarch Ascended the Throne over 2 Years Ago

“Life and death” are twin words that every soul must taste and it our prayer we have long, if not longest, distance between both of them as it was in the case of late Kabiyesi. Everything the has beginning, must have an end.

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“He came, he saw and he conquered. Therefore, we must take solace in the fact that he left us at a ripe age.

“We therefore, commiserate with the family, Olubadan In Council, Oyo State Traditional Council, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as well as good People of Oyo State. May God Almighty grant his soul sweet repose, Amen”, the group stated.

The Street Reporters Newspaper reports that the monarch came from Ali-Iwo compound in the present Ibadan North East local government area.

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It was gathered that the Olubadan passed on shortly after he was moved to the health facility at the UCH, Ibadan.

He was an academic and politician before he ascended the throne in 2022 and was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and was later elected to represent Oyo Central Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003.

Balogun, who has a doctor of philosophy, became the Olubadan on 11 March 2022.

He succeeded Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji who joined his ancestors on 2nd January, 2022.

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Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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