Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commiserated with the good people of Ibadan and Oyo State Government over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.
The Late Olubadan, who was born in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan on April 14th,1914 became the Olubadan in July 2007 and passed on peacefully at the age of 101 on Tuesday evening, in his palace.
Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak stated that the late monarch was a dedicated, dynamic and highly resourceful monarch whose tenure contributed significantly to the development of Ibadanland.
He was however optimistic that the next Olubadan would build on the achievements recorded by his predecessor to take Ibadan to a greater height.
The Speaker stated that, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the Olubadan, we share the pains of the good people of Ibadan and the State Government of Oyo State; we also commiserate with you at this trying period and may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.”
He further said ‘we extend our deepest sympathy and our condolences to the family of the Olubadan, as we know that it is very hard to bear, but must remember that death is the ultimate end of every human being; and the beginning of eternal life in the hereafter’.
During his lifetime, the Speaker believed, the departed Olubadan “was a strong combatant soldier which made him soar in the Nigeria Army, a diligent civil servant, seasoned politician and a devoted member and co-founder of several organisations such as the Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union.”
According to the Speaker, the demised oba combined all the experience he had got to bear on the socio-economic development of Ibadan city and other towns under his control.