The Presidency on Thursday said President Goodluck Jonathan did not shun the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana Odugade, in his last weekend’s visit to the South West, saying a visit to the monarch was not on his itinerary.
The Olubadan-in-council had on Wednesday criticised the President for visiting the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, without visiting the Olubadan.
But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, told State House correspondents that Jonathan holds the monarch and indeed all indigenes of Ibadanland in high esteem.
He said already, the President had been scheduled to visit Olubadan at least two times within the first quarter of this year.
The presidential spokesman said while Jonathan will visit the monarch during the forthcoming zonal rally of the Peoples Democratic Party holding in the city, he would also join well-wishers at the 100th birthday of the traditional ruler in April.
Abati said, “Let me use this opportunity to make it clear that the President holds Olubadan, people of Ibadan and people of Oyo State and the people of the South West in general in very high esteem.
“He considers the Olubadan a father and a great Nigerian and has enjoyed excellent relationship with Olubadan, the people of Ibadan, people of Oyo State and the people of South West.
“And that indeed since he assumed office, he has been to the palace of Olubadan to pay homage. But on this particular occasion, it happened that the schedule of the President indicates that he has at least two trips to Ibadan within the first quarter of the year.
Source: THE PUNCH