Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has commiserated with the government and people of Osun State, and the entire Yoruba race on the transition of the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.
The Ooni passed on in broad and was committed to mother earth in a funeral that was full of traditional ceremonies on Friday. The cream de la cream from all walks of life, including captains of industry, present and former leaders and prominent traditional rulers in the country, witnessed the burial rites and interment.
Governor Oshiomhole said through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, “The transition of the Ooni, the custodian of the rich history and tradition of the Yoruba people, is a colossal loss not only to the people of Ile-Ife, but also the people of the State of Osun, the Yoruba race and the entire nation.
“The Ooni was indeed one of Nigeria’s most cerebral royal fathers who carved a niche for himself as an enterprising young Prince before ascending to the exalted throne of his forbears, and his reign was remarkable as it brought unprecedented development to Osun State, which was carved out of the old Oyo State under his reign.
The governor said the Ooni was not only a national icon who used his wisdom to shape public welfare and national development, but he was also deeply committed to the pursuit of a better Nigeria.
“He was a kind and humane royal father blessed with an uncommon simplicity, humility and decency worthy of emulation. He was a deity indeed. On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I commiserate with the government and people of the State of Osun on this irreparable loss.
“We beseech our Heavenly Father to grant the soul of His Royal Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, Ooni of Ife peaceful repose. We also pray for God’s consoling grace on the family and the entire people of the State of Osun.”

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