Former governor of Ogun State and Senator represnting Ogun Central Senatorial District, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo State on the passage of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo.
In a starement personnaly signed by him, Senator Amosun described Oba Adeyemi as a human library with remarkable knowledge of the history of Yorubaland and Nigeria. He said it was a personal loss to him because Oba Adeyemi was his counselor and adviser.
“I commiserate with the government and good people of Oyo State and the entire Yorubaland as our revered traditional ruler, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Adeyemi III,the Alaafin of Oyo, joins his ancestors at the age of 83 years.
“The exit of Oba Adeyemi III is a great loss to all of us in Yorubaland and indeed, the whole of Nigeria. Oba Adeyemi was a symbol and custodian of the rich culture and tradition of the Yoruba traditional institution as well as a source of inspiration for the entire Yorubaland.
“Kabiyesi was a cherished leader and a respected elder Ssatesman who demonstrated exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment towards the unity, cohesion, harmony and continued development of the Oyo empire, the entire Yorubaland and Nigeria. At a personal level, I have lost a counsellor and adviser whose wisdom and courage are not in surplus supply in this clime.
“It is on record that Oba Adeyemi’s 51-year reign as the Alaafin of Oyo brought about all-around development to the Oyo, Oyo State and Nigeria.
“He was a detribalised monarch who epitomised and championed peaceful co-existence and unity of the people. He was a human library of Yoruba and Nigeria’s chequered history.
“I comisserate with His Excellenct, Engr Seyi Makinde, the Governor, and the good people, of Oyo State on the passage of Kabiyesi.
“My heart also goes out to the family of Kabiyesi and the entire good people of Oyo. For them, Kabiyesi has left a huge shoe that will be difficult to fill”.
“It is my prayer that the Almighty Allah (SWT) will grant our Kabiyesi Aljannah Firdaus and grant his family, the people of Oyo and Oyo State as well as the entire Yorubaland the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”Amosun said