Photos of Obasanjo’s condolence visit to Ogbomoso palace

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Yinka ADETUNJI

The late Soun

A former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has paid condolence visit to Ogbomoso to sympathize with the family, the chiefs and all the people of Ogbomoso over the passage of late Soun, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP CON CFR.
The late monarch died on December 12, 2021.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (white agbada), Ayaba Olaronke Oyewumi (4th left); Mogaji Gbagun Ruling House (right); Mogaji Abuirumaku Ruling House (2nd right); Iyalode Ogbomoso, High Chief Rebecca Ogundare (4th right); Chief Olayiwola Olakojo (2nd left); Otunba Fasawe (right) and others


It is recalled that the former president began his visit to Oyo state yesterday to according to him commiserate with the Oyo state government and the people of the state over the transition of Soun and Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Adetunji (who died on January 1.)
Chief Obasanjo was received by the Oyo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan, who represented Governor Seyi Makinde, at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, State Secretariat, Agodi Ibadan.
In his remarks, Obasanjo said he was in Oyo state on a condolence visit over the death of the two traditional rulers.

Obasanjo signing the condolence register


The former president said that he had visited the palaces of the deceased in Ogbomoso and Ibadan.
He said the visit was to condole with the governor, his government, and the entire people of Oyo state.
The deputy governor who thanked Obasanjo and appreciated the visit described him as an international figure blessed with wisdom and knowledge.
He added that the former president remained a leader who had the interest of the people at heart.
He prayed that God should give Obasanjo long life in good health so that well-meaning Nigerians would still continue to draw from his ‘pool of wisdom.
NAN reports that a former secretary to Oyo state government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo, and Otunba Oyewole Fasawe – an OBJ political associate accompanied Obasanjo on the visit.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com recalls that Obasanjo had earlier described the late Soun as his long time friend.
He said the late monarch was “a patriot and custodian of our cultural and traditional values, who gave his best while on the throne of his forefathers.”
Obasanjo added that the contributions of late Soun to the political, social, and economic life of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, would remain indelible in the hearts and minds of those who had interacted with him in politics and in social-economic life.
In his tribute to the monarch, the former President further went down memory lane to eulogize Oba Oyewumi.
He made his feelings known in the tribute titled: “I lost a good friend – HRM Oba (Dr.) Oladunni Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomosoland”.
Obasanjo said: “Oba Oyewumi was an extraordinary person blessed with qualities and characteristics which made him one of the most unforgettable men of our generation. He was a successful businessman. He was one of those, early in the history of Nigeria, that really made living outside one’s place of birth a home and great success. I can still vividly remember his contribution to social life in Jos in the 1960s and 70s. He made his business in Jos where he was well at home and respected. I met him in Jos in 1961 and since then we had become friends.
Q“He lived a life of not only of service but also of peace among his fellow Obas and within his own community without allowing himself to be swayed from what is right and correct for a traditional ruler by politicians. He represented the absolute pinnacle of the Nigerian spirit. A truly noble human being, he was a king among men who earned the respect and admiration of all. Yet he never lost the humane touch. Hardworking, gentle, kind, humble, giving, generous and true, he embodied all the best of what it is to be human. Indeed, Ogbomosoland has lost a great monarch, and Oyo State, a towering personality whose benign influence will be difficult to replace.
“It is my prayer that his rare qualities will live forever in the minds and hearts of all who knew him and I encourage them to preserve his legacy by imitating him.
“May God grant his family, the good people of Ogbomosoland and the entire Oyo State the grace to bear the heavy loss of his death.”


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