OrderPaperToday- Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has described the late Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odugade as a great and courageous monarch, who fought valiantly to preserve the dignity of the traditional institution.
In a statement released by his Spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, Saraki expressed sadness over the news of the monarch’s death. He described the late Oba Odugade as a highly accomplished parliamentarian, a frontline politician and a statesman, who until his death remained a role model.
According to Saraki, the late traditional ruler was a member of the Federal House of Representatives in the First Republic and an inspiration to both the entire country and the Yoruba nation.
“Looking at the life and times of the late Olubadan, I cannot but hold my breath considering his achievements.
He was a man who started as a Clerk, became a teacher, soldier, politician, educationist, parliamentarian, philanthropist and first class traditional ruler in a span of about 100 years.
“I will simply say he lived a worthy and exemplary life. His was a true life story of grass to grace. This I believe would remain a great source of inspiration to all of us and the upcoming generation,’’ he said.
He empathized with the Odugade family, traditional institutions, Oyo State government and people and the entire Yoruba land.
The Senate President urged them to take solace in the fact that the late Olubadan lived a fulfilled life and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.