JUST IN: Makinde Approves N55m For Fidau Prayer

Makinde Approves N55m For Fidau Prayer

Makinde Approves N55m For Fidau Prayer

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Thursday disclosed that he has approved N55 million for the 8th Day Fidau prayer being organized for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun.

The prayers, scheduled to hold on Friday is organized by the 11 Local Government councils through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftain Matters.

The governor who disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Alarere residence of the late monarch, called for unity of purpose among the children and family members of the late monarch.

Makinde, who recalled his instruction to the authorities of the College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan where the monarch passed on last Thursday evening, that he should be given the utmost care to ensure his survival maintained, that the death was simply at the appointed time of .

The governor admonished the children and family to come together as one united family, assuring that the assistance from the government would be fulfilled.

Insisting that the least he could do for the late Olubadan was to give him a befitting , Makinde said it was as a of his commitment to his reign that he obliged to do everything within his power to ensure the completion of the New Ibadan Palace when approached by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII).

Governor Makinde added that the Council had approached him that it would want the late Oba Balogun to be the first occupier of the palace which he said was well received and he ensured the release of to do the which has reached an advanced stage now, “but, as human beings, we can only propose while God disposes”.

The governor praised the late Olubadan for the various achievements recorded during his reign, the principal one being the restoration of honour and dignity to the Ibadan traditional system, stressing that the system was almost crumbling before Oba Balogun's emergence.

“I insisted that the court case should be withdrawn before I could append my signature to his which was done. I promised that we would rearrange everything and to the glory of God and cooperation of our late Baba, we were able to bring stability into the system”, Engr. Makinde added.

Shortly before the arrival of the governor and his entourage, the Otun Olubadan and the former governor of the state, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja had led some members of the Ibadan South East Local Government Traditional Council where he is the Acting Chairman on a condolence visit to the residence of late Oba Balogun.

During the visit, Ladoja paid glowing tributes to the he usually referred to as his senior , recalling that their which subsisted both in politics and Ibadan traditional system had spanned over decades, during which he found his late brother as a very peaceful personality.

The late Oba Balogun according to him had no room for grudge against anybody as everybody was his friend.

“He was a man who was not ready to fight with anybody for whatever reason. So, if you even wanted to fight him, and he was not ready for a fight, you would have no choice than to pocket your grievances.

“I personally was happy that his health had improved recently and I always commend Oloris for the proper care being given to him.

“So, when, at his instance, we came here last Thursday for a meeting and got to know he was away to the hospital, we thought it was just a routine medical check-up, unknown to us that he was bidding us final bye later that day”, Ladoja said.

The former governor, who promised not to abandon the family, urged the family members to be cheerful and grateful to the almighty Allah for the good and impactful life led by their departed patriarch.

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