The immediate past governor Dr Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with Sijuwade family, the Ile-Ife people and the government of Osun State over the passage of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, which formal announcement was made on Wednesday.
Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, described the late Oba Sijuwade as a highly respected traditional ruler who had and demonstrated immeasurable love for his subjects as well as citizens within and outside his domain.
The former Ekiti Governor recalled his encounters with the late first class ruler both in and out of office, described him as great traditional ruler who was well endowed with wisdom.
“Kabiyesi had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Yoruba tradition and history and had an amazing way of relating with both the low and mighty.”, he said. Saying that Oba Sijuwade lived a glorious life, Dr Fayemi said the late monarch would be remembered for his patriotism, generosity and the rare manner he combined royalty with service and glamour.
“He would surely be missed for his exemplary service to humanity as a bridge builder and as a great custodian of the Yoruba cultural heritage” he added.
Fayemi urged the children and the entire family of the late Oba Sijuwade to be consoled by the fact that the late first class monarch lived a good life, impacted lives and left legacies of good name and honour. “For Oba Sijuwade, it is a celebration of a life well spent in the service of humanity.
I urge the children, family and the entire people of Ile-Ife not to mourn but rather celebrate the passage and legacies of this great monarch who gave his very best and a touch of class and royalty to every assignment he handled” the statement added.
-Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti