Soun Of Ogbomoso Buried...Buhari, Obasanjo, Others Mourn - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, December 12, 2021

Soun Of Ogbomoso Buried...Buhari, Obasanjo, Others Mourn

       •Burial Of Soun Of Ogbomoso
            FotoCredit: InsideOyo

The Daily Crucible | Sunday, December 12, 2021

The remains of late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, the Ajagungbade III, were commited to mother earth inside the palace  according to Islamic rites.

Oba Oyewumi who passed on at about 1:25 am on Sunday  was buried about 13 hours later.

The monarch while alive, was  a successful trader, reigned for several over four decades on the throne of his forefathers.

He was said to have taken ill in the past few weeks before succumbing to the cold hands of death Sunday morning at 95.

Already, eminent Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, among others have expressed shock over the demise of Oba Oyewumi and sympathized with the family of the late Soun.

Buhari commiserates with the Government and people of Oyo State and especially the indigenes of Ogbomosoland on the demise of the frontline traditional ruler whose reign of 48 years reinforced the town as a land of peace, accommodating and a bastion of history and tradition.

The President also joined the Oyo State Council of Obas in mourning the First Class Traditional ruler, who will forever be remembered for his counsel and commitment to the unity and harmony within their ranks.

While praying that Almighty Allah will repose his soul, he also urged sons and daughters of Ogbomosoland to be consoled with the fact that Oba Oyewumi accentuated his reign with the development and progress of the community through enduring peace and extension of hands of fellowship to peoples of other lands.
Press Release 

Soun's contributions indelible - Obasanjo 

For grieving former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the contributions of late Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III to the political, social and economic life of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, would remain indelible in the hearts and minds of those who had interacted with him in politics and in social-economic life. 

Obasanjo said the highly revered monarch "will be remembered as a patriot and custodian of our cultural and traditional values, who gave his best while on the throne of his forefathers."

He noted that Ogbomosoland has lost a great monarch, and Oyo State, a towering personality whose benign influence will be difficult to replace. 

In his tribute to the monarch, copy of which was made available to The Daily Crucible on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Media,  Kehinde Akinyemi, the elder statesman and close friend further went down memory lane to eulogies Oba Oyewumi, lamenting that he has lost a good friend.

According to Obasanjo in the tribute titled: "I Lost A Good Friend - HRM Oba  (DR.) Oladunni Oyewumi, The Soun Of Ogbomosoland," "Oba Oyewumi was an extraordinary person blessed with qualities and characteristics which made him one of the most unforgettable men of our generation. 

"He was a successful businessman. He was one of those, early in the history of Nigeria, that really made living outside one’s place of birth a home and great success. I can still vividly remember his contribution to social life in Jos in the 1960s and 70s. He made his business in Jos where he was well at home and respected. I met him in Jos in 1961 and since then we had become friends. 

"He lived a life of not only of service but also of peace among his fellow Obas and within his own community without allowing himself to be swayed from what is right and correct for a traditional ruler by politicians. He represented the absolute pinnacle of the Nigerian spirit. A truly noble human being, he was a king among men who earned the respect and admiration of all. Yet he never lost the humane touch. Hardworking, gentle, kind, humble, giving, generous and true, he embodied all the best of what it is to be human. Indeed, Ogbomosoland has lost a great monarch, and Oyo State, a towering personality whose benign influence will be difficult to replace. 

"It is my prayer that his rare qualities will live forever in the minds and hearts of all who knew him and I encourage them to preserve his legacy by imitating him."

Obasanjo also prayed God grant his family, the good people of Ogbomosoland and the entire Oyo State the grace to bear the heavy loss which the Soun's exit represents.

 A Great Iroko Tree Has Fallen - Ajanaku Sun Bi Oke - Akeredolu

Also, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has expressed his heartfelt condolences over the transition of the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III. 

Akeredolu, particularly, condoled with the Queen, Olori Olaronke Oyewumi, and the entire family, as well as the people of Ogbomoso over the demise of the highly revered traditional ruler. 

The Governor said:”A great Iroko tree has fallen- Ajanaku sun bi oke. Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III was the most decorated Soun. He was a man who loomed larger than life; a very revered Monarch he was. 

“Having been close to the family for a period spanning over several decades, the First Lady, Betty, and I, mourn this respected monarch who has transited to the world beyond, to be with his forefathers.

“We will surely miss his wise counsel. He was a father to all. His reign signpost development and enduring peace in the land of Ogbomoso. He was a King that history will forever be kind to. He played his part well."

The governor who conveyed his condolence message in a release by 
Richard Olatunde, his Chief Press Secretary, also commiserated with the Government of Oyo State.

He urged the people of Ogbomoso to take solace in the good legacy the Monarch left behind. 

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