Shocked at the sudden demise of
His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has described the late monarch an exemplary in royalty.
The monarch aged 93 died on Sunday morning at University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after a brief illness, and will be buried today in the ancient city.
The governor stated this in a press release made available to newsmen in Ibadan through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa.
Makinde noted that the demise of the royal icon, who he described as a great leader of his people and an exemplary royal father, was painful despite his old age.
Furthermore, he confirmed that Kabiyesi wisdom and wealth of experience would be sorely missed, and hereby expressed condolences to the immediate family of the Olubadan, the Olubadan-in-Council and all Ibadan indigenes as well as the Oyo State Traditional Council.
Similarly, the governor revealed that the Kabiyesi gave all he had to see that Ibadanland is developed and took its pride of place as one of the major cities in Africa.
Makinde averred: “The news of the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, came as a shock. Kabiyesi’s exit at this time is painful, to say the least.
“His wealth of experience, his immense wisdom and his commitment to seeing a greater Ibadan and a better Oyo State are unrivalled.
“Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and humanity at large will miss Kabiyesi, who was ever ready to give all he had to see a better society.
“I commiserate with his immediate family, the Olubadan-in-Council, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and all Ibadan indigenes at home and abroad on the demise of our father.
“I equally extend my condolences to the Oyo State Traditional Council and pray to God to keep all our Obas safe and give them more years to direct the affairs of our people.
“Especially as Olubadan’s death is coming on the heels of the demise of the Soun of Ogbomosoland and Asigangan of Igangan. May God grant them all eternal rest.”