A member of Lafogido Ruling House in Ile-Ife, and President General, Oranmiyan Worldwide Foundation, Prince Felix Awofisayo, has sympathised with the indigenes of the ancient Ile-Ife town over the transition of their famous traditional ruler, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II.
In a press release by his media aide, Mr Samson Afolabi yesterday and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the death of the monarch was painful,
considering his impact in the development of Ile-Ife, Osun State and Nigeria as a whole since he mounted the throne of his forefathers in 1980, 35 years ago.
Describing the late Ooni as a pride of Ile-Ife all over the world, he noted that the monarch had established himself positively in the history that would never be forgotten.
He said, Oba Sijuwade’s influence transcends Ile-Ife Kingdom, Osun State or Nigeria, but all over the world, describing him as a unifying force in the traditional, political and social arena.
“He carried himself with dignity and candor, coupled with his wide reach in business and administration.
“He also united sons and daughters of Ile-Ife in diaspora. He was always more than willing to assist Ife indigenes as a paramount ruler and traditional monarch.
“We pray that his soul rest in perfect peace”, he said.
Prince Awofisayo condoled the indigenes of the town to take solace in the fact that Oba Sijuwade left an exemplary mark that would always remain in the minds of the people of Nigeria.

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