Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has described the death of one of his traditional title holders and immediate past governor of Oyo State, Aare Abiola Ajimobi, as a great loss to Ibadan land.
The monarch in a statement on Friday prayed for the soul of the deceased to rest in perfect peace.
The statement reads, “Our hearts go to his immediate family, especially Chief Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and the children.
“It is our prayer that Almighty Allah would give all his friend and relatives the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“It was not in Yoruba custom and tradition for a father to announce the obituary of his son. This is the dilemma of His Majesty, Oba Sali Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, Olubadan of Ibadanland in respect of the exit of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“Words are not enough to describe the untimely exit of former Governor Ajimobi, an illustrious son and Aare of Ibadanland.
“One recalls that the last time Kabiyesi and Ajimobi met was at Ibadan House, Oke Aremo sometimes in February this year. A wall (not hall) of fame built in honour of some illustrious Ibadan indigenes had been erected just before the outbreak of COVID-19.
“Nobody had the slightest idea that death would come calling to him so quickly. Ajimobi was vibrant and full of life at that occasion. Our prayer has always been that our children should outlive us. But, who are we to challenge the sovereignty of Almighty God who gives and takes without question?”