President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he received with sadness, news of the transition of one of Nigeria’s most revered traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.
In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president commiserated with the late Oba Sijuwade’s family, his friends, associates and subjects as well as the government and people of Osun State, on the departure of the first-class monarch.
He joined them in mourning the foremost traditional ruler who, he said, would be long remembered and celebrated for his worthy service over more than three decades as the chief custodian of the traditions of the Yorubas and his invaluable contributions to the sustenance of the cultural heritage of his people within and outside Nigeria.
President Buhari said he believed that Sijuwade’s place in posterity had already been assured by his long and worthy service to his people and country as well as his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and country “as a leading businessman, administrator and inspirational traditional ruler”.
He said as the Ooni’s family, friends, associates and subjects mourned the monarch, they should be consoled by the knowledge that he lived a very fulfilled life and had left worthy legacies for his successors to build upon.
President Buhari prayed that Almighty God comfort all Sijuwade’s mourners and bring forth a worthy successor to take his place on the ancient throne of Ile-Ife.