Markets and shops across Ibadan are to remain closed on Monday, January 3 in honour of the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
Oba Adetunji died on Sunday, January 2 at the University College Hospital, Ibadan after a brief illness.
The directive, which was issued by the Babaloja-General of Oyo State, Asiwaju Yekini Abass, popularly called “YK Abass,” was said to have been reached at an emergency meeting of the market leaders council in the state on Sunday.
According to Abass, the decision was made to honour the monarch in recognition of his contribution to the development of Ibadanland that made markets in the state witness patronage.
The Babaloja-General who commiserated the Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, Ibadan indigenes, Oyo State traditional Council, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), widow of the late monarch, Olori Rasheedat, among others, appealed to the traders and shop owners to comply with the directive.