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A first class monarch of Oyo State, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, died yesterday at the age of 95 and was immediately buried according to Islamic rites.
The monarch, who died around 2 a.m., was buried in obedience to Islamic injunctions around 4:30 p.m. in a palace vault.
He reigned 48 years.
The funeral prayer was led by Ogbomoso’s chief imam, Tholiat Oluwasina Ayilara.
The ruling house Gbagun of Ogbomoso announced the death of the monarch, in a press release from Dr Aderemi Oyewumi, who said that the traditional chief first class had joined his ancestors in the early hours of yesterday.
The statement read: âWith total submission to the will of Almighty God and on behalf of Gbagun Ruling House, we announce the death of our Father, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, CON, CFR, Soun of Ogbomosoland, who died in the early hours of Sunday, December 12, 2021, marking the end of 48 years of glorious reign.
“Kabiyesi is survived by wives, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians have continued to send condolence messages and visit the palace since news of the monarch’s death became public.
Those who have so far sympathized with the monarchy, government and people of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, included President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Seyi Makinde of the State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the Ondo State, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
Some of those who had visited the palace to sympathize with the family of the late monarch were a former state governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, originally from the city; the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Rauf Olaniyan; another former governor of Oyo, Chief Rasheed Ladoja; Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, Segun Ogunwuyi; Senator Fatai Buhari and Senator Hamzat Adeseun ..
President Buhari, in a statement from his media adviser, Femi Adesina, expressed his compassion for the government and people of Oyo State and in particular, the indigenous people of Ogbomosoland during the disappearance of the traditional leader. frontline, whose 48-year reign has strengthened the city as a land of peace, welcoming and a bastion of history and tradition.
President Buhari also joined the Oyo State Council of Obas to mourn the Traditional Chief First Class, whom he said would be forever remembered for his guidance and commitment to the unity and harmony within their ranks.
He urged the sons and daughters of Ogbomosoland to take comfort in the fact that Oba Oyewumi has accentuated his rule with the development and progress of the community through lasting peace and the extension of brotherly hands to the peoples of ‘other countries.
Makinde: It’s a huge loss
Yesterday, Governor Seyi Makinde called the death of the Soun of Ogbomosoland a huge loss to the Kingdom of Ogbomoso, the State of Oyo and humanity in general.
The statement read: âWith total submission to the will of Almighty God and on behalf of Gbagun Ruling House, we announce the death of our Father, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, CON, CFR, Soun of Ogbomosoland, who died in the early hours of Sunday, December 12, 2021, marking the end of 48 years of glorious reign.
âKabiyesi is survived by wives, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “
Makinde further described him as a quintessential monarch, a man of peace and a passionate proponent of development, adding that the monarch had a lasting impact on his domain, while leaving indelible marks on Oyo State. and humanity.
Alao-Akala: it’s a personal loss for me
Former Oyo State Governor Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala described the monarch’s death as a personal loss for him.
âThe sudden disappearance of my father and traditional ruler of my hometown (Land of the Valiant) His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladuni Oyewumi Ajagunbade III is a personal loss for me.
‘Kabiyesi, was a full figure in my life. He was a father, a mentor and a teacher who did not hesitate to spare me the rod, if necessary to put me back in line when necessary.
‘As Bobagunwa of Ogbomosoland, an honorary title of Chief Kabiyesi, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111, I became a member of the inner palace recognitions and saw firsthand a just and equitable king who ruled the ‘Ogbomosoland with the fear of God.
âKabiyesi has never ruled over Ogbomosoland, he has led us to worldwide fame and recognition. Baba, brought Ogbomosoland into international accounts and resulted in huge development. “
It’s the end of a glorious rule, says speaker from Oyo
Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, expressed his condolences to the people of Ogbomosoland on the passing of Oba Oyewumi and described his death as marking the end of a glorious 48-year reign.
While further describing him as one of the most successful Oba not only in Oyo State but across the southwest, he said: âSoun’s death marks the end of a glorious era in the world. ‘Ogbomosoland and even in Yorubaland.
âThe Ogbomosoland has lost a quintessence, Oba, who has distinguished himself as a true heir to the throne of his ancestors. It is so sad that we lost Oba Ajagungbade at the auspicious age of 95, when his abundant experience of old, indigenous and ancestral people is required by everyone.
Fayemi: The end of Soun will be sorely missed
Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi also mourned the passing of Ogbomoso’s Soun, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, and expressed sorrow at his passing, describing it as a great loss. .
Dr Fayemi, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described the late Oba as a traditional progressive leader, who worked tirelessly for the development and peace of his kingdom during his lifetime.
According to him, the late Oba Oyewumi brought grace, frankness, reverence and dignity to the old throne he occupied for 48 years and made his city a center of attraction in culture and tradition.
He also praised the peacebuilding efforts of the late Oba Oyewumi and his contributions to the unity of Nigeria at critical times in its development.
Akeredolu: a large Iroko tree fell
The Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, expressed his condolences for the land transition from Ogbomoso Soun, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, saying that a large Iroko tree had fallen.
In a statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olabode, Akeredolu, offered his condolences to the Queen, Olori Olaronke Oyewumi, and the whole family, as well as to the people of Ogbomoso for the disappearance of the much revered traditional chief .
âA great Iroko tree has fallen – Ajanaku sun bi oke. Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, was the most decorated Soun. He was a man who was larger than life; a much revered monarch, he was.
âAfter being close to the family for several decades, the First Lady, Betty and I mourn this respected monarch, who transited the world beyond, to be with his ancestors.
âHis wise advice will surely be missed. He was a father to all. His reign marked development and lasting peace in the land of Ogbomoso. He was a king with whom history will always be kind. He played his role well.
Lalong: his disappearance, a huge loss for Plateau
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong sympathized with the family of Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland, saying his disappearance was a huge loss to the state.
Lalong, in a statement, described the loss of the traditional first-class ruler as a great loss not only to the government and people of Oyo State and Ogbomosoland, but also to the government and people of Oyo State and Ogbomosoland. Plateau.
The governor explained that the late monarch spent his formative years in Jos, where he founded many businesses and built strong relationships, which he continued to maintain after being called to ascend the throne of his ancestors.
He said that during his tenure as the former chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, the late Soun of Ogbomosho inspired the institution to develop and become one of the Nigeria’s leading state universities with a rapid expansion of infrastructure, research and student experience.