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Lekan Balogun: the man who will be king

By Adeola Badru

Ibadanland’s Otun Olubadan, Lekan Balogun, former legislator, remains the highest official of the two ruling chiefdom lines, Egbe Agba (civilian) and Balogun (military) which produce successors to the throne in the state.

Balogun, who represented the state in the Red Chamber, in the Senate, and celebrated his 79th birthday last October, is statutorily the next person to occupy the Olubadan stool.

He reconciled with the late Oba Adetunji less than three years ago following his installation by the former Governor of Oyo State, the late Abiola Ajimobi, as King of Oyo.

Balogun, renowned technocrat, politician and author began his primary education at the modern CAC school, Anlugbua, and lived with one of his brothers, the late Hamzat Balogun, who was a civil servant but studied privately for the general certificate Education, Ordinary Level (GCE O’L).

While also enrolling at Rapid Result College in the UK to improve his exam performance, Lekan secretly read his brother’s correspondence tutorials which came in handy when he took his tests. qualifiers, which looked like “G4” at the time.

While in the second year of the modern three-year school program, Lekan sat for the qualifying exam and passed. Therefore, he left school without completing the program.

Armed with this certificate, he traveled to the UK where he studied for his O and A level certificates while doing a part-time job to support himself, all under the age of 18.

He left university in 1973 with a master’s degree in administration and economics and made a brief stint at the social services department of the local government in Lamberth where he worked for a year and a half, after which his academic inclination prevailed. and he enrolled in his doctorate.

In 1973 he resumed his duties as a researcher at the ABU Center for Social and Economic Research and also had the opportunity to work as a professor at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, but instead chose ABU because of the desire to form relationships with other people. far from his birthplace and learn about their cultures and traditions.

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He plunged into the troubled waters of politics in 1978 when he joined the late Aminu Kano’s PRP. His charisma, honesty and bravery quickly lifted him up the political ranks with ease and grace which ultimately earned him the respect and recognition of the political overlords of Oyo State.

In a short time he had established himself as a shrewd politician, activist and champion of the oppressed masses. He went on to become the candidate for governor of one of the country’s main political parties, the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.

The military coup of December 1983 kept him and other political giants in the cold for 16 years. He then reappeared in the political arena with his election as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999.

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