President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the people of Akure and Ondo State on the death of the Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida.
The President also extended his sincere condolences to the family and relatives of the late monarch, who ascended the throne of his forefathers in August 2010.
A statement yesterday by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity read in part: “As they mourn Oba Adesida, who has sadly passed on just a little over three years after his coronation, the President urges them to take solace in the belief that God’s will is unquestionable and must always prevail.
“President Jonathan assures Governor Mimiko, the late monarch’s family and the people of Akure of his sympathy and solidarity with them as they grieve over Oba Adesida’s death. He prays that God Almighty will comfort them all and grant the late Oba’s soul peaceful repose”.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has described the demise of Oba Adesida as shocking to the marrows.
Dr. Mimiko lamented that “the tiger has fallen into a deep sleep.”
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said the news of the demise of the first class royal father was “shocking to the marrows.”
He added that “not because we do not know of the eventuality of death, but that Afunbiowo II was not only vibrant and agile, he had an aura of health and life around him”.
Information Nigeria reports that the late Deji of Akure, who was Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas, reportedly died in his palace in the wee hours of Sunday at the age of 63 following a brief illness.