Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, says he’s worried over persistent cases of deaths of Ibadan elders in recent times.
Oba Adetunji in his reaction to the death of Parakoyi of Ibadanland, Chief Bode Akindele, expressed shock and disbelief over his passing barely four days after the demise of the immediate past Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Oba Adetunji who spoke through his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko, urged “clerics and spiritual leaders, irrespective of affiliations, to intercede for the well-being of all Ibadan citizens, particularly our pride in Ibadanland such as the souls that have been departing slowly but steadily in recent times.”
Chief Akindele died at the age of 82 at 4.00am Monday.
The first class monarch, who described Akindele as an astute business man, entrepreneur of note and one life benefiting many, recalled how the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland set up business outfits, employed hundreds and fixed destinies of otherwise hapless citizens.
The Olubadan said, “Even though a man who lives up to 82 can be said to be advanced in age, when people mourn their losses it is because the vacuum left behind by them is always difficult, if not impossible, to fill.”
He noted that Chief Akindele bestrode the business world like a colossus for over 50 years, culminating in the establishment of Madandola Group of Companies with investment in shipping, fisheries, Real Estate and Telecommunications.
Oba Adetunji also lamented the passing in recent times of high profile Ibadan indigenes such as the legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN; veteran journalist, Chief Areoye Oyebola; business mogul, Chief Muritala Adetunji; renowned educationist, Chief Emiola Adesina; as well as renowned agronomist, Dr. Lalekan Ayokunnu Are.
While praying for the repose of the departed souls, the monarch urged men and women of God to stand in the gap for protection and preservation of Ibadan people at home and in Diaspora.While mourning Chief Bode Akindele, the Olubadan prayed to God to give his family, particularly his wives and children, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.