Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:11 pm
Balogun Saliu Adetunji, the likely successor to the late Olubadan of Ibadan, disclosed to TheNEWS magazine that he wept bitterly when he heard that his predecessor, Oba Odulana Odugade 1 had joined his ancestor.
According to him, “This is the last thing I expected at this moment. I had never thought that Oba Odugade would leave us now that we have started preparing for his 102nd birthday anniversary.” According to him, “Can we question God? No, we cannot and so we have to accept whatever God brings our way.”
As regards the relationship that existed between the duo, Balogun Adetunji said: “We had very good relationship. He was a good father. He was a good man. He was a good king. He was too good. He guided us well when he was on earth. We will surely miss him. I pray that God will console us in Ibadan and we will continue from where he stopped. We continue with the agitation of the Ibadan State.”
He was grateful to God to see today saying, “If anybody says that I will the man to become Olubadan, I will not believe the person but now I know God is great and will serve him for the rest of my life.”
He called on trouble makers in Ibadan to desist from thuggery saying, “Rather than involving in thuggery, people should face their job. They should not fight one another. They should be friends to one another for the progress of the state. Let us join hands to make Ibadan great.”
Though, not much is known about Adetunji, he lives in Alusekere compound in Popoyemoja. He is said to be 88 years of age.
The traditional father is into entertainment. He owns a recording studio known as Baba Aje Recording studio. Among the prominent musicians he has promoted are: Wasiu Ayinde, Dauda Epo Akara, Tatalo Alamu, Sule Alao Malaika.
Adetunji who will, all things being equal, soon become the 41st Olubadan will be 4th Olubadan that Ibadan South West has produced. His predecessors are Fijabi, Akere Oyewole Foko.