May 28, 2024

Chief Olufemi Olawale Junaid, the Otun Akogun Onisowo of Ibadanland, has paid tribute to the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, highlighting his pivotal role as a unifier within the community.

In a condolence message shared with the media on Friday, Chief Junaid reflected on Oba Lekan Balogun’s enduring legacy of fostering friendship and inclusivity.

Chief Junaid emphasized the late Olubadan’s remarkable humility and genuine warmth towards all individuals, regardless of their background or beliefs. He underscored Oba Lekan Balogun’s unique ability to bridge divides and cultivate a sense of camaraderie among the diverse populace of Ibadanland.

Furthermore, Chief Junaid extended his deepest condolences to the grieving family, urging them to draw strength from their unity as they navigate this period of loss. He emphasized the importance of preserving the late Olubadan’s cherished values and principles, which have left an indelible mark on Ibadanland and beyond.

The passing of Oba Lekan Balogun, the esteemed 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland, at the age of 82, has left a profound void in the hearts of many. His demise has been described as shocking and sudden.

It will be recalled that the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Dr. Mohood Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, was instrumental to the birth of many Obas in Ibadanland after he agreed to Governor Seyi Makinde’s intention to promote members of the Olubadan-in-Council and Local chiefs otherwise known Baales to Beaded crown Obas.

With this, the 42nd Olubadan will also be remembered for the Fatherly role he played in maintaining the Royal heritage of Ibadan land, especially during the crises of having more Obas in the land.

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