Friday, February 12, 2016 7:58 pm
President Muhammadu Buhari, today Friday February 12, 2016 called on Nigerians to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I as the remains of the foremost monarch were interred in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The interment was the high point of the week-long activities lined up by the state government, the family and other stakeholders to give the royal father a heroic burial.
The president, who spoke at the funeral service held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, through his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who represented him described Oba Odulana as an epitome of honesty and dignity as well as a monarch who exhibited the fear of God throughout his lifetime.
Eminent personalities from all walks of live joined the chief mourner and host Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bid the foremost king final farewell.
The president stressed the need for Nigerians to work towards being celebrated while alive and to leave a good legacy after death, adding, “The whole of Nigeria is proud to have the like of the late Oba Odulana because of his life of honesty and forthrightness. I hope we all can imbibe such Spartan life so that we can be celebrated like him. I’m proud to call him my own father. He was a king who earned the respect of all through his life of dedication and service to humanity”.
Speaking, Governor Ajimobi paid glowing tribute to what he called the exemplary attributes of the late traditional ruler.
The governor said that Oba Odulana left an indelible mark in the sands of time in the areas of politics, civil service, military and other leadership positions he was privileged to occupy before his ascension to the throne.
He said, “Let us remember with pride that Kabiyesi was a quintessential patriot and nationalist who served meritoriously with dignity and transparency in all the positions that he was privileged to attain in his lifetime. Let me recall with nostalgia and affection how Kabiyesi supported our administration’s urban renewal programme and how he appreciated our efforts at improving on the beautification of Ibadan in particular and Oyo State in general”.
He also recalled the numerous contributions of the late Oba to good governance and human development, not only in Ibadan but in the entire state. The governor noted that the contributions of the monarch helped in his electoral victory as governor for a second term.
In his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd Segun Okubadejo, stated that physical death is unavoidable for mankind but the second death – eternal death, could be avoided through faith in Jesus Christ and avoidance of unfaithfulness, hatred, greed, bribery and corruption.
He urged President Buhari to publish the names of looters of the country’s treasury in order to put them to public shame adding, “Some people live in this world as if they will not die. The manner by which many Nigerians accumulate wealth in this country shows that they did not give thoughts to the first death, let alone second death”.
According to him, the orations and tributes from different categories of people were testimonies to the fact that the revered monarch had secured heaven.
The priest challenged all and sundry to be cognizant of the need to live a life that would guarantee them good names and legacies after their death adding, “The most recurring attributes mentioned in the orations were of his courage, discipline and aversion for corruption which is common in the present Nigeria”.