Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Sunday mourned the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
The monarch passed on early in the day, aged 93, and has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ismail Omipidan said: “On behalf of the government and people of Osun, I commiserate with Governor Seyi Makinde, government and people of Oyo State over the transition of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso.
“I also condole with the royal family, Olubadan-in-Council and all Ibadan indigenes at home and abroad as well as the Oyo State Traditional Council.
“The late Oba Saliu Akanmu was a respected royal father, exemplary and compassionate leader who demonstrated strong concern and commitment to the welfare of his subjects and the development of Ibadan within the short period of his reign.
“He will be remembered for his fatherly roles and wise counsel.”
The Ooni, through his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare, said the reign of the great monarch will forever be remembered for the tremendous development he brought to Ibadanland in particular and Nigeria at large.
“Kabiyesi Olubadan did not let the features of old age hold him back during his lifetime as he was active in projects, programmes, plans and other activities towards making life better for his subjects.
“That is why his return home would be missed greatly by all.
“Though it is a tough way to start the year, we must submit to the will of the Almighty Olodumare for the life of Oba Adetunji which was well-spent serving humanity.
“Our thoughts and prayers in the House of Oduduwa are with natives as well as residents of THEM ancient city of Ibadan and the entire Oduduwa race globally at this material time,” the Ooni said