Oba Oyewunmi, Soun Ogbomoso joins his ancestors


*Buhari, Makinde, Atiku, others mourn

Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, the 20th Soun Ogbomoso in Oyo State joined his ancestors in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 95 years.

The late monarch was born on May 27, 1926 to the Gbagun ruling house, ascended the throne in 1973 and reigned as Ajagungbade III for 48 years.

Late Oba Oyewunmi was an accomplished businessman until he ascended the throne of his forefathers.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, on the demise of the highly revered traditional ruler earlier on Sunday.

In a condolence message by his Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja, the President commiserated with the government and people of Oyo State as well as the indigenes of Ogbomoso land on the demise of the frontline traditional ruler.

The president noted that Oyewumi’s reign of 48 years reinforced the town as a land of peace, accommodating and a bastion of history and tradition.

President Buhari also joined the Oyo State Council of Obas in mourning the First Class Traditional ruler.

He affirmed that the deceased would forever be remembered for his counsel and commitment to the unity and harmony within the ranks of the traditional rulers.

He urged sons and daughters of Ogbomoso land to be consoled with the fact that Oba Oyewumi accentuated his reign with the development and progress of the community through enduring peace and extension of hands of fellowship to peoples of other lands.

Also reacting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said the late Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland, made lasting impact on his domain and indelible marks on Oyo State and humanity.

Makinde, in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Sunday in Ibadan, described the death of the first class oba as a huge loss to Ogbomoso Kingdom, Oyo State and humanity in general.

The governor described him as a quintessential oba, a man of peace and a passionate supporter of development, who used his wealth of experience to develop Ogbomosoland over the past decades.

He expressed his condolences to the oba’s immediate family, people of Ogbomoso and the Oyo State Council of Obas.

Makinde said: I received the news of the passage unto glory of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland, with shock.

“Though, Kabiyesi lived up to the age of 95, his death at this time is still a huge loss to the state and the traditional institution, because he has created a vacuum, not only in Ogbomosoland, but also in the entire state and the nation.

“In Kabiyesi, we had a quintessential monarch, who loved and worked for peace and development.

“In his years on the throne of his forebears, Oba Oyewumi made a lasting impact on Ogbomosoland and by extension Oyo State.

“On behalf of the people and Government of Oyo State, I hereby express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate family of the departed monarch and the people of Ogbomosoland.

“I also commiserate with the Oyo State Council Obas, which has lost a prominent member in Oba Oyewumi.

“It is my prayer that God grants Kabiyesi Aljanah Firdaus and also grant everyone the fortitude to bear this loss”.

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in a statement, on Sunday, said he was sad about the death of the long reigning Soun of Ogbomosho land, Oba Oyewumi Oladunni Ajagungbade III.

Abubakar made this known in a statement by his media officer, on Sunday.

He said that the news of the demise of the famous traditional ruler came to him as a rude shock.

“It was a shock even when the Soun died on Sunday, at the ripe age of 95 and 48 years of reign on his traditional throne,” he said.

He described the late Soun as a colourful traditional ruler, whose reign impacted positively on Ogbomosho land in many remarkable ways.

“I join other friends and admirers of Ogbomosho land to mourn the transition of Oba Ajagungbade III.

“Although we are sad that his exit will deny us of his elderly counsels and admonitions, it is remarkable that the late king lived a life of accomplishments.

According to him, the paramount ruler lived a life of accomplishments as a foremost businessman and a traditional ruler, whose reign was remarkably outstanding,” he said.

Abubakar condoled with the immediate family of the deceased and the good people of Ogbomosho land.

“I expressed my deepest condolences to the Oyo State government on the loss of their traditional ruler with towering credentials. I pray that God grants his soul a peaceful repose,” the statement said.

Also, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and his Ondo State counterpart, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, have expressed sadness over the death of Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland.

The two governors expressed their condolences in separate statements they issued on Sunday and made to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti and Akure respectively.

Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), described the death of the first class traditional ruler as a great loss.

He described late Oyewumi as a progressive traditional ruler, who worked tirelessly for the development and peace of his kingdom during his lifetime.

According to him, the late Oba Oyewumi brought grace, candour, reverence and dignity to the ancient throne he occupied for 48 years and made his town a centre of attraction in culture and tradition.

Fayemi, also hailed the peace building efforts of the late oba and his contributions to the unity of Nigeria at the critical periods of its development.

He said the wise counsel of the late traditional ruler would be sorely missed, pointing out that he was always ready to open his doors to all and sundry who needed his counsel.

The governor commiserated with the family of the deceased, the people of Ogbomoso and the government and people of Oyo State on the death of the royal father.

He urged them to be consoled by the good works and legacies left behind by the departed oba, which he said, would continue to speak for him in the minds of his people.

In his condolence, Akeredolu urged the people of Ogbomoso to take solace in the good legacies left behind by the late Oba Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu particularly, condoled with Olori Olaronke Oyewumi, and the entire family, as well as the people of Ogbomoso over the demise of the highly revered traditional ruler.

”A great Iroko tree has fallen- Ajanaku sun bi oke. Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III was the most decorated Soun.

“He was a man who loomed larger than life; a very revered Monarch he was.

“Having being closed to the family for a period spanning over several decades, the first Lady, Betty, and I, mourn this respected monarch who has transited to the world beyond, to be with his forefathers.

“We will surely miss his wise counsel. He was a father to all. His reign signpost development and enduring peace in the land of Ogbomoso.

“He was a king that history will forever be kind to. He played his part well,” the governor said.

He also commiserated with the government of Oyo State.

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