The newly installed Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji has promised to step up campaign for the actualisation of Ibadan State as well as the construction of an international airport in the ancient city.
The 41st Olubadan, who spoke on Friday shortly after being presented with the instrument and staff of office by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, assured that he would ensure that the peace of the city was sustained.
Delivering his first official speech, he said, “Of all the regional capitals of the old regions, the capital of the Western Region has yet to have a state. God sparing my life, I will work with the government and the people of Ibadan and our friends to ensure that Ibadan State, which we truly deserve, is made possible.
“Much is still expected on the Ibadan cargo terminal. However, a truly international airport will complement the progress we are currently experiencing and usher in rapid development of our state.”
The ceremony was witnessed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad; the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu; Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi.
It was also attended by Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State; the All Progressives Congress national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu among others.