I nearly stopped my dad from reconciling Ooni, Owa Obokun — Babalakin


Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN, the eldest son of the late retired Justice of the Supreme Court docket, Bolarinwa Babalakin, on Monday recalled how his late father reconciled the speedy previous Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, and Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran.

The Chairman, Bi-Courtney Aviation Providers Restricted, whereas talking on the third-day prayers for his father who died on Saturday, mentioned the late jurist was all the time concerned within the settlement of disputes.

Babalakin, who described his late dad as “a relentless well-wisher and selfless human being,” added that he was trying to discourage him from meddling within the affairs of the 2 royal fathers.

He mentioned, “There was a day I known as Baba early within the morning and I requested what he deliberate doing for the day. He informed me that he was reconciling Ooni Sijuade and Oba Adekunle Aromolaran. I informed him their struggle began, even whereas somebody like me was very younger. He informed me to not say that. He mentioned God would do it.

“Two weeks later, he known as and mentioned ‘didn’t I inform you? The matter has been resolved.’ He mentioned when circumstances are identified, blame might turn into pity, as a result of each of them finally realised that the reason for the disagreement was non-existent.

“He concluded by saying that the monarchs can be coming over to his home to wine and dine. I informed him to make it possible for he took footage of the occasion. Kabiyesi (Olufi of Gbongan) was the grasp of ceremony, whereas his spouse, was the chief caterer for the occasion that ended the struggle.”

He additionally recalled how his father, upon retirement in 1991, declared that he was not going to do any work for the sake of incomes cash once more as a result of he wished to spend the remainder of his life doing charity.

In an try to check his father’s resolve, Babalakin mentioned he someday informed him of an enormous arbitration in his workplace and he informed him that, “everybody has instructed that you’ve got the calibre to be one of many arbitrators.

“I requested if he would do it, however Baba saved to his phrase of not doing something for cash once more. I went on pestering him that $250,000 is the quantity that may be paid to such individual. I additionally talked about one among his bosses and good friend who’s the second arbitrator, however he didn’t settle for the provide. Baba was completely contented with life.”

Based on him, he determined to not depart the nation within the final six months due to his dad’s ill-health, saying he selected to journey when he seen that the late jurist’s well being was bettering, solely to be told throughout his journey to Germany that his dad has handed on.

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