Senate has asked the federal government to immortalise the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, and the Tor Tiv, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, by naming a national and state monument after them as a mark of honour for their contributions to the nation’s development.
The Senate also resolved to send a delegation to condole the families, people and government of Oyo and Benue States over the death of the first class royal fathers.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion on the “Demise of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1” sponsored by Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi (APC Oyo South) and 16 others, and the “Demise of His Royal Majesty, Orchivirigh, Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV, the Paramount Ruler of the Tiv Nation” by Senators George Akume (APC Benue North West) and Barnabas Gemade (APC Benue North East), respectively.
Senator Akanbi in his lead debate noted with sadness and great sense of loss, the demise of Oba Odulana, at the age of 101.
The lawmaker said the late monarch was born on April 14,1914 into Ladunni family compound, at Oja-Igbo Ibadan, adding that his journey to the throne started with his appointment as the Mogaji (Head) of his compound, at Oja-Igbo in 1972 and became the Jagun-Olubadan in 1976.
He noted that the Oba earned an exemplary character award as a result of his hard work and patriotism.
He was put in charge of demobilisation of returning soldiers in Lagos who fought the 1945 World War and this climaxed into an immediate appointment with the colonial office education department in 1946.
Senator Akanbi observed that he was a soldier who fought in the World War 11, a seasoned civil servant and a thorough bred politician who later became a minister in the First Republic.
While presenting the motion on the late Tor Tiv, Senator Gemade noted that the deceased “made tremendous and immeasurable contributions to the peace, unity and development of not just the Tiv nation and Benue State, but Nigeria as a whole”.
He informed that the Tor Tiv was a co-chairman of the Northern Traditional Rulers Peace Committee, adding that his “fatherly roles, patriotism, wealth of experience, genuine love and concern for humanity would be greatly missed”.
According to him, the late Torkula also expanded the frontiers of knowledge by authoring several books including the “Presidential Democracy in Nigeria: Grassroots Experience”, “Death and Burial Customs of the Tiv People of Central Nigeria”, “The Cosmology of Tiv World View”, and “The Tiv Woman: Challenges & Prospects”.
Senator Gemade added that the late monarch also made immense contributions to Nigeria’s educational system having served as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, and until his death, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Umudike.
He also informed that the deceased was a diligent public servant who served his state and country in various capacities and held positions such as Permanent Secretary and Director General before becoming a Commissioner for Agriculture.
The late Torkula was crowned the Tor Tiv IV on April 21, 1991 thus becoming the fourth paramount ruler of the Tiv race and until his death, the Chairman, Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers.
He added that the monarch, who died on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the age of 71, was born on July 10, 1944 at Tse Torkula in Mbadwem District, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State in North Central Nigeria.