Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared today a public holiday to commemorate the coronation of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, who will be installed at Mapo Hall, Ibadan by 9am. A statement by the Head of Service, Soji Eniade, urged civil servants, traders, artisans, and the public to show up at the venue. Ajimobi appealed to the public to ensure peaceful conduct during and after the ceremony.
The Government has denied the claims by some corporate organisations that they are sponsoring the event. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, at a briefing yesterday, said the coronation committee headed by the Otun Olubadan, Dr. Lekan Balogun, which also comprised representatives from the Olubadan-in-council, Iyalode line and Adetunji’s younger brother, Ambali, is the only recognised body preparing for the event.