Monarch was a valuable asset Gov Akeredolu mourns as Olubadan of Ibadan dies at 93

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Sunday, said he received the news of the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, with a rude shock.

It was gathered that the 93-years-old monarch passed away in the early hours of Sunday at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan, Oyo state.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu said the monarch was a valuable asset, not only to the people of Ibadan but to the entire Yoruba race.

The Governor who condoled with the government and good people of Oyo State, particularly indigenes of Ibadan, noted that the late monarch did his best for the development of Ibadan land.

“Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was, undoubtedly, committed to the progress and peace of Ibadan land. He was a king whose reign witnessed tremendous development in Ibadan land.

“Yet, his transition is another tragedy for us in Yoruba land. This loss, coming shortly after the demise of Soun of Ogbomoso, is a big blow dealt on our traditional stool in Yoruba land

“As a people with culture and tradition, we believe that Oba Adetunji has gone to be with his forefathers. He has played his part and only his legacies will forever speak for him.

“He will be remembered for his firm stands. His principles and love for his people will be his enduring legacies. He was royalty with a difference.” the Governor said.

The Governor condoled with the monarch’s immediate family while praying that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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