Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the deceased Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse (II) as a traditional ruler whose lofty legacies on the thrown will endure for generations.
Also the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, and Convener of the Oodua Progressives Union, OPU, Gani Adams, has been described death of Ooni of Ife, as a monumental and irreparable loss to the Oduduwa race..
The former Vice President, who is also the Aare Adimula of the Source said in a condolence message released by his media office in Abuja on Thursday, 13 August that Oba Sijuwade’s reign was epochal and in a class of its own.
“Oba Sijuwade’s 35 years reign on the royal stool of Ife is unquestionably a source of pride to every Yoruba son and daughter and everyone who cherishes the culture and tradition of the Yoruba people,” the Turaki Adamawa said.
According to him, “Oba Sijuwade’s wealth of experience in the corporate world, his wisdom and the royal candour he exuded combined with the historical pre-eminence of his stool made his reign a defining one as we knew it to be.
“His lofty legacies as the Ooni of Ife will endure for several generations after him. His depth in the richness of Yoruba’s culture and tradition will also remain a source of attraction not only for admirers of Yoruba ethos, but for scholars with bias for African cultures and royalties.”
The former Vice President also acknowledged that the demise of the Ooni of Ife is a loss not only to the royal family, people and government of Osun State, but Nigeria as a whole.
He prayed for the royal family to have the fortitude to bear the loss of the outstanding Oba (ti o wo’aja) who has gone to meet his ancestors and for peace to continue to reign in Ile-Ife.
Ooni’s death, irreparable loss to Oodua race – Gani Adams
The death of Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuade,l the Olubuse 11, has been described as a monumental and irreparable loss to the Oduduwa race.
The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, and Convener of the Oodua Progressives Union, OPU, Gani Adams, said this while reacting to the transition into eternal glory of one of the foremost monarchs in Africa.
According to him, late Olubuse 11 has completed his mission as assigned to him by the owners of the world. He has gloriously relocated to the ancestral abode of his progenitors to feed them back after a memorable peregrination odyssey on the face of earth and the completion of his assigned role as the tenderer and protector of the ancestral stool of the Yoruba.
“It is sad, but not tragic that he returned home at 85. “Ooni Olubuse was able, not only to sustain the royal majestic and reverence left behind by his predecessors, but also added colour, panache and cultivated tremendous respect to the stool of Ooni of Ife, the cradle of the world.”
Adams, who commiserated with the Olubuse Royal family, the seven Elus in Ife, all the chiefs and Yoruba citizens both home and in the Diaspora, remarked that the Ooni’s exit has created a vacuum which cannot be filled either now or in future. He has gone with his aura. There is no way another Olubuse 11 can be created or superimposed. “
He also condoled Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the entire people of Osun for the exit of a remarkable royal father whose sneeze will send cold into the spine of other traditional rulers.
He therefore called on all Nigerians particularly, the Yorubas to pray for the repose of the
soul of the late Oba and use his death as a contact of reunion and re-affirmation to the ideals of Oodua.