The Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Adebiyi Adesida has died of an undisclosed illness in Akure the Ondo State capital, reports have said. He died in the early hours of today at his palace.
According to a family source, Oba Adesida last attended a public function in Lagos where he celebrated the marriage ceremony of his son, Adetunji Oluwagbemiga two weekends ago.
Born into the Ojijigogun ruling house, Oba Adesida ascended the throne on August 12, 2010 shortly after the former Deji was dethroned for abusing his wife. He was 63.
In a condolence message sent on Sunday, to the government and people of Ondo State, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described the paramount ruler as a man of culture who worked tirelessly for stability, unity and progress of his domain.
The statement by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, said further that the deceased’s impact has been felt well beyond the shores of Ondo State, adding that as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, he had benefited immensely from the late Deji’s wise counsels and deep knowledge of governance and contemporary world issues.