The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Friday in Ibadan installed Chief Yekini Abass as the new Babaloja of Oyo State.
The News Agency Nigeria reports that the new Babaloja succeeds late Alhaji Adisa Oladapo, who died on June 19 after 15 years in the position.
Abass, a renowned textile merchant, is an Ibadan socialite and former Director of Shooting Stars Sports Club.
Adetunji described the new Babaloja as a successful businessman and sports enthusiast who had contributed immensely to the development of the state.
He said the new Babaloja rose from being a local textile merchant to an international business tycoon, employing scores of people in his chain of businesses.
The monarch said Abass was the right and credible individual to lead traders considering his contributions to the development of Oyo State.
detunji said the newly installed Babaloja was lucky to be installed while he was celebrating his birthday, describing the event as a success for the entire people of the state.
The Olubadan also prayed for peaceful coexistence of traders in Ibadanland, Oyo State and Nigeria.
Abass commended Governor Seyi Makinde and all the traditional rulers in the state, including the Olubadan; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; and Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, for their contributions to the state’s development.
He promised to always protect the interest of market men and women across the state and partner government in ensuring conducive environment for trading.
Abass assured the government, traders and people of the state that he would not discriminate against anyone.
He urged traders to keep observing COVID-19 protocols as outlined by the government at all levels.
NAN reports that the installation ceremony, which took place at the Popoyemoja palace of the monarch, was attended by Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun; and Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakunleyin.
Others were High Chief Eddy Oyewele, High Chief Gbadamosi Adebimpe, High Chief Kola Adegbola, High Chief Amidu Ajibade and High Chief Azeez Agagagugu among others.