The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, on Sunday, said given Ibadan traditional title to Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd) as Aare Akinrogun of Ibadanland was never a mistake.
Oba Balogun made this disclosure in his Alarere residence while playing host to the Aare Akinrogun of Ibadanland and the incumbent Ambassador to Benin Republic who was accompanied by his friends on a congratulatory visit to the monarch.
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Speaking through his brother, Sen. Kola Balogun, who led the team on the visit, Olubadan said the periodic meetings could either be once or twice in a year to wine and dine together and ensure that the relationship between Ibadan and her chiefs was kept alive and active.
Olubadan, who described his visitor, who was the Chief of Army Staff when he became the Aare Akinrogun of Ibadanland as a dedicated and loyal Army General, explained that his appointment as an Ibadan Chief was not a mistake and prayed that his shadow would not grow less.
Ambassador Buratai had earlier described the new Olubadan as a person whose name and personality preceded his enthronement as Olubadan owing to his philanthropic gestures, detribalised posture, politics and activism.
Congratulating the Ibadans for having Dr. Balogun as their monarch, the retired Army General said all the attributes mentioned earlier would come into play during the reign of the new king.
Accompanied by Brig. Gen. S.K. Usman (retd), Lt. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun among others, he promised to remain a loyal Chief to the monarch and Ibadanland by answering to his duties as the Aare Akinrogun of the ancient metropolis anytime the need arises.