An interfaith prayer service took place at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan, on Sunday to mark the eight days fidau for the late Oba Saliu Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan.
Oba Adetunji, 93, died on Jan. 2 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Pastor Iyiola Oladokun of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led the Christian faith service, while Prof. Kamil Olosho of the Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Ibadan, led the Muslim faith service.
In his homily, Oladokun urged people to always remember that God, who owned life of any human being, could take it at any time.
He urged Nigerians to live with the fear of God, being the creator of every creature.
“There is one thing God put in our care, that is our soul; we should value it and use it to please the owner because He (God) can take it back when it’s time.
“Let’s endeavour to live in holiness, in accordance with the will of our Creator,” he said.
Oladokun eulogised the late Olubadan, who he described as the father of all, “who never discriminate but took everyone as his own, irrespective of religious stances.”
In his sermon, Olosho urged people to be more dedicated to God, saying that human beings were created to worship Him.
He eulogised the late Olubadan for promoting peace and harmonious coexistence among different ethnic and religious groups in Ibadanland.
Chief Bayo Lawal, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who represented Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State at the event, said that the late traditional ruler was a lover of peace.
Lawal expressed hope that the next Olubadan would similarly exhibit the good virtues which the late Oba Adetunji was known for.
Dignitaries at the event include the former Oyo State Gov. Rashidi Ladoja, who is also the Osi Olubadan and Sen. Ganiyu Solomon, who represented Chief Bola Tinubu, national leader of All Progressive Party (APC).
Others include Sen. Teslim Folarin, Chief Bayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of APC in 2019 in Oyo State and a former senator, Soji Akanbi.