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By: Ade Adeleke
More prominent Nigerians have condoled the people of Owo over the demise of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi.
The latest is the senator representing Akoko and Owo areas of Ondo state, Professor Ajari Boroffice, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator Tayo Alasoadura and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo described the passage of Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi as a dream because he left at a crucial stage of the nation’s history while the senator representing Ondo North senatorial district, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice described the demise of the monarch as huge loss to humanity.
In a press statement signed by his press secretary, Kayode Fakuyi, Boroffice described the demise of the monarch as huge loss to humanity.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Ondo North senatorial district, I commiserate with the Olagbegi Royal family, the Olowo-In-Council and the people of Owo kingdom over the demise of Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi”.
“During his reign, Owo Kingdom experienced significant development. His contributions to the growth and stability of his Kingdom and beyond are immeasurable”, Boroffice said.
He stated, “Kabiyesi was a cosmopolitan monarch, respected educationalist, bridge builder, lover of peace and community leader. Kabiyesi will be sorely missed. May the soul of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. May God grant all of us the fortitude to bear this huge loss”.
ONDO SENATOR CONDOLES OWO COMMUNITY OVER DEMISE OF TRADITIONAL RULER -Alasoadura
The lawmaker representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, Saturday, joined other sons and daughters of Owo and the state in general, to mourn over the demise of Olowo of Owo, Oba Dr D.V. Folagbade Olateru- Olagbegi.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Dayo Joseph, the Senator condoled with the great people of Owo over the loss of their paramount ruler.
Alasoadura said, “He was not only an inspirational leader of Owo Town, he was a wise counsellor, a leader totally committed to the wellbeing of his kingdom, he was a peacemaker/peace lover and treated everyone with fairness and respect.
“I pray that God our creator heals our hearts and grant the community succour in this period of mourning. May his gentle soul find eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord”
Olowo’s Demise Was a Big Loss to Nigeria, Says Saraki
Following the formal announcement by the Olowo-in- Council of the sudden departure of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the departure of the late king and described the death as a big loss to Nigeria at a time the nation’s leadership need wise counsel and experience to solve the various problems confronting her.
He described late Oba Olagbegi as a humane monarch who contributed immensely to the development of Owo in particular, Ondo State and Nigeria, in general.
Saraki, in statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the late royal father would be remembered for his peaceful disposition and the leadership he provided in the education sector.
The Senate President stated that the legacies of hardwork, integrity and patience of the late monarch left in the Nigeria Law School where he rose through the ranks to become the Director General will remain a reference point for a long time.
Saraki said: “The Olowo of Owo was one traditional ruler whose impact extended far beyond his domain. His contributions to the development of tertiary institutions in the country as Chancellor of the Universities of Benin, Abuja and Jos respectively at various times during his lifetime speak volume.
“His demise is a colossal loss to the country in particular and humanity in general. He shall be dearly missed.
“Even before ascending the throne of his forefathers, Oba Olagbegi was an epitome of royalty, calm, full of wisdom and dignity personified”, Saraki stated.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the Olowo-In-Council, and the people and government of Ondo State over the irreparable loss and prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal peace and his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Olowo’s passage is like a dream – Obasanjo
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the passage of the late Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi as a dream because he left at a crucial stage of the nation’s history.
Obasanjo who is the Odofin of Owo described the late Oba as a patriot and astute custodian of cultural and traditional values, whose immense contributions to the development of his domain would be greatly missed.
In a release signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Kehinde Akinyemi on Friday, Obasanjo said the death of Oba Olagbegi on Tuesday, was received, with deep regret, even as he commiserated with the Ondo State governor, the Government and good people of the state on the sorrowful demise.
Obasanjo, however assured that “the late Olowo of Owo will be remembered as a patriot and an astute custodian of our cultural and traditional values, who gave his best while on the throne of his forefathers.
“His contributions to the political, social and economic life of Owo Kingdom in Ondo State will remain indelible in the hearts and minds of those who had interacted with him in these spheres.
“Apart from making his mark early as, and epitomising the qualities of, an eminent Legal Practitioner and Senior Advocate of Nigeria by which he has left an indelible mark on the Nigerian legal plane and the administration of justice and later as Chancellor of the University of Benin in 2005, Chancellor of the University of Abuja and until his death Chancellor of the University of Jos and former Chairman of the Ondo Council of Obas, our revered Oba brought his salutary influence to sue for peace, understanding and development in Owo community in particular and the entire Ondo State in general.”
He added that the late monarch, “to his family, was a tower of strength and a committed provider; to his community of Owo Kingdom, he was a model in national leadership and development; to his Yoruba kinsmen, he was a worthy Ambassador of all things noble about them; and to the rest of Nigeria, he was a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in self-discovery and self-actualisation. It is a measure of his selfless and qualitative service to our dear country that he was honoured with the revered national award of the Commander of the Federal Republic, (CFR)”.
“Although Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial stage in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed. I would urge the Chiefs of Owo Kingdom, the entire Owo community and all the members of his immediate and extended family to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind. In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life,” Obasanjo said.