Why Olubadan has lived long, by Ajimobi
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, to “his pure heart, which is devoid of hatred”. Ajimobi spoke yesterday during a service at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Aremo, Ibadan, to mark the monarch’s centenary birthday. He said Oba Odulana harboured no bitterness against anyone, urging Nigerians to learn from him. Ajimobi said: “Those who knew him, even pre-his ascendancy to the throne, speak eloquently about a man who typifies honour and nobility. He has an attachment to the place of humanity in the scheme of things. Perhaps in the fact that Kabiyesi constantly ventilates his heart from the consuming fire of bitterness towards his fellow man and his sworn avowal to always do good to everyone can be found the secret of his longevity. We all have one lesson or the other to learn from this purification of the heart from the cancer of hatred.” Describing Oba Odulana as a gentleman, he said the monarch typified the Yoruba classification of an honourable man. Ajimobi said: “In the Olubadan is a demonstration of the elusive concept of Omoluabi. The Omoluabi, for the purpose of clarification, is that man who carries nobility, human goodness and trust around him like a pouch. With Kabiyesi, you know where you stand. “In him, you find the discipline of a trained soldier, the consummate nobility of a gentleman and the astuteness of a man of honour. His politics transcends the type found on the streets today; it was the politics of a statesman. To a statesman like him, politics cannot be worth its salt until it transforms the lives of the collective citizenry and repositions society on the path of transformation.” The governor said the Olubadan was one of the first people to acknowledge his administration’s urban renewal initiative.
He said: “As a fitting demonstration of his acknowledgement of our effort in this regard, Kabiyesi bestowed on me the traditional title of Atunluse of Ibadanland (the remodeler/beautifier of Ibadanland). This was at a time when our political opponents were throwing tantrums at us for taking away the dirt of Ibadan and regaining global respect.”
Ajimobi explained that President Goodluck Jonathan would have been at the service, but for the bomb blast at Nyanya Motor Park in Abuja.
The President was represented by six ministers -Labaran Maku (Information); Ms. Jumoke Akinjide (Minister of State for the FCT); Akinwumi Adesina (Agriculture); Omobola Johnson (Communication and Technology); Jelili Adesiyan (Police Affairs) and Musiliu Obanikoro (Minister of State for Defence).