President Muhammadu Buhari has received with
sadness news of the transition of one of Nigeria’s
foremost traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba
Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.
President Buhari extends sincere condolences to
the late Ooni’s family, his friends, associates and
subjects, as well as the government and people of
Osun State on the departure of the First Class
The President joins them in mourning the revered
traditional ruler who will be long remembered and
celebrated for his worthy service, over more than
three decades, as the Chief Custodian of the
traditions of the Yorubas and his invaluable
contributions to the sustenance of the cultural
heritage of his people within and outside Nigeria.
President Buhari believes that Oba Sijuwade’s
place in posterity has already been assured by his
long and worthy service to his people and country
as well as his notable contributions to the
development of his community, state and country
as a leading businessman, administrator and
inspirational traditional ruler.
As they mourn his passing, President Buhari urges
the Ooni’s family, friends, associates and subjects
to be consoled by the knowledge that he lived a
very fulfilled life, and has left worthy legacies for
his successors to build upon.
He prays that God Almighty will comfort all who
mourn Oba Sijuwade and bring forth a worthy
successor to to take his place on the ancient
throne of Ile-Ife.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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