Buhari Orders Mourn Of Departed Ooni

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.

Reacting after receiving the news, President Buhari hoped that Oba Sijuwade’s place in posterity has already been assured by his long and worthy service to his people and country as well as his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and country as a leading businessman, administrator and inspirational traditional ruler.

He extended his sincere condolences to the late Ooni’s family, his friends, associates and subjects, as well as the government and people of Osun State on the departure of the monarch.

The President also joined the people in mourning the late traditional ruler, saying he would be long remembered and celebrated for his worthy services of more than three decades, as the Chief Custodian of the traditions of the Yorubas.

President Buhari also commended the late monarch’s invaluable contributions to the sustenance of the cultural heritage of his people within and outside Nigeria.

Executive Director of Obafemi Awolowo foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu has described the death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife, as the exit of an icon.

She also said the late Ooni of Ife was an exemplified stature who is well respected both locally and internationally.

Reacting to the death of the monarch, Dosumu said, “We received with shock and utter dismay, news of the death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, the Ooni of Ife, after 35 years on the throne.’’

Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam  commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Yoruba nation over the death of Ooni Sijuwade.

Also, Senator Felix Ogunwale, in his tribute said the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, without doubt, has created a vacuum in Yorubaland. (Vanguard)
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