From Seyi Ojelade, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, to a pure heart devoid of hatred for any one .
He made this known yesterday, during a Church service held to mark the monarch’s birthday, which held at the St. Peters Aremo, Ibadan.
According to him, Oba Odulana harboured no hatred or bitterness against anyone and asked the present generation of Nigerians to learn a critical lesson from his life.
“Those who knew him, even before his ascendancy to the throne, speak eloquently about a man who typifies honour and nobility. He has an attachment to the place of humanity in the scheme of things.
“Perhaps, in the fact that Kabiyesi constantly ventilates his heart from the consuming fire of bitterness towards his fellow man and his sworn avowal to always do good to everyone, can be found the secret of his longevity. We all have one lesson or the other to learn from this purification of the heart from the cancer of hatred,” he said.
While extolling Oba Odulana as a gentleman and a man of honour, he said the monarch typified the Yoruba classification of an honourable man.
“In the Olubadan is a demonstration of the elusive concept of ‘Omoluabi’. The Omoluabi, for the purpose of clarification, is that man who carries nobility, human goodness and trust around him like a pouch. With Kabiyesi, you know where you stand, as he does not suffer fools gladly.