Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife, as the end of an era in Yorubaland.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, Saraki said he was particularly saddened by the fact that the Ooni departed at a time when the country is in dire need of his wise counsel, respected interventions and patriotic stand on issues of national significance.
He described the transition of Oba Sijuwade as a “national loss” and commiserated with members of the Olubuse royal family, people of Ile Ife, Government and people of Osun State and the entire Yorubaland over the demise of a “king who represents the best of Yoruba traditions and customs”.
He described the late Ooni as a royal father who will remain dear to his heart for a long time due to his deliberate efforts to promote Yoruba culture and tradition.
He noted that as a way of promoting national unity, the Ooni gave chieftaincy titles to many Nigerians from other parts of the country.
“On behalf of my family and the National Assembly, I convey my most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the royal family, people and Government of Osun State, the entire Yoruba race and Nigerians as a whole on the departure of the foremost traditional ruler, the Arole Oodua”, Saraki stated.