Makinde in Ogbomoso, apologizes over late visit, promises state burial for Soun

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The Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde this morning visited Ogbomoso to pay a condolence visit to the family of late Soun of Ogbomosoland Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP, CON, CFR, who died on December 12, 2021 at the age of 95.

Engr Seyi Makinde (left) with Prince Aderemi Oyewumi

The governor who was accompanied by among others his Chief of Staff, Chief Segun Ogunwuyi; Senator Hosea Agboola, chairman, Peoples Democratic Party PDP Elders Advisory Council; Oyo State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin; and council chairmen in Ogbomoso zone, apologized that he was late in coming to sympathize with the family and the people of Ogbomoso in general explaining his visit was delayed because he was in London when the Oba died.

He said he had the highest regards for the late monarch while promising the state government would be fully involved in the funeral ceremonies slated for the period of 40 days Fidau prayers.
Engr. Makinde said a befitting state burial would be accorded the late Oba Oyewumi
The governor also used the occasion to condole the family on the demise of Princess Bolanle Taibat Danmole, the eldest daughter (and indeed eldest surviving child) of the late Soun, who died two days ago in Ilorin during a brief illness.

“The purpose of our visit this morning is to officially condole with the family. I want to say that Baba, as old as he was, left a good legacy and did wonderfully well for the development of not only Ogbomoso land but Oyo State.

“I like Baba because he does not hide his feelings. He spoke truth to power. So, we will miss Baba for those qualities.

“Those who don’t want unity and progress for our state have been saying a lot of negative things since Baba joined his ancestors. Some said I did not come to condole with the family because I don’t like the people of Ogbomosoland. The truth is, all those people making those comments don’t know how close I am to the palace and Mama.

“When Baba Saka Balogun and I spoke, I gave him my word that I would attend the 8th-day Fidau prayer since I was not around on the day Baba died. But later, Baba Balogun called me back and said the 8th-day prayer event may not be appropriate for the nature of burial Baba deserves, and that we should take a bit more time and make preparation for the 40th day prayer and outing. One thing led to the other, I had to travel and I am here today.

“So, those critics are still free to keep running their mouths. Part of the reason I came is that Baba deserves State Burial and, for me as the Governor of Oyo State, that is exactly what I will give to Baba. So, I am here to discuss with the family personally and whatever we agree on is what I will carry out.

“I want to pray that Ogbomoso will continue to progress and the vision Baba had for Ogbomoso land will be accomplished by the grace of God,” he added.
In his remark Prince Dr. Aderemi Oyewumi (now the eldest surviving child of late Oba Oyewumi) expressed the gratitude of the family for the visit noting it was better late than never.

On the installation of a new Soun he affirmed the governor has a crucial role to play as the approving authority.

“It is better late than never. I want to pray that Ogbomoso will continue to progress and the vision Baba had for Ogbomoso land will be accomplished by the grace of God.

Prince Oyewumi therefore urged the governor to expedite action on the emergence of a new Oba, assuring, “a worthy and credible successor would be nominated and approved since the Governor is the ultimate consenting authority.”

Leaders and members of the PDP in Ogbomoso were on ground to welcome the governor.

Hon Femi Onireti (left) walking beside Engr Seyi Makinde
Hosea Agboola behind the governor
Some PDP lesders
Hon George Ogunlade exchanging pleasantries with Hon Femi Onireti
Governor Makinde with Dr Saka Balogun (front)

Some of the leaders who were present were Dr Saka Balogun, chairman PDP Reconciliation Committee in Oyo state; Prince Dotun Oyelade, chairman Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS; Alhaji Rasaq Gbadegesin, a former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; Hon George Ogunlade, PDP chairman in Ogbomoso North local government; and Hon Femi Onireti, an aspirant to the Ogbomoso Federal Constituency seat.

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