Buhari mourns Olubadan of Ibadan

As Late monarch is buried according to Islamic rites in Ibadan

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Oyo State, the Royal Family, the Olubadan-in-council and the people of Ibadan on the passing of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), on Sunday, the president affirmed that the late Kabiyesi was a visionary and compassionate leader, who used the spheres of his influence as a respected traditional ruler and a lover of the creative industry to advance the progress of his people, encouraging and motivating them to give their best in their vocation and to the nation.

It said while his demise understandably leaves a huge void to fill, President Buhari urged the people of Ibadan and Nigerians from different walks of life to honour the eternal memory of the deceased by imbibing the virtues he cherished so much: generosity, peace, tolerance and devotion to unity.

According to the statement, as the funeral rites of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland get underway in Ibadan, the president expresses his trust that the process of selecting his successor will be guided by wisdom, understanding and good judgment that exemplified the life he lived.

Buhari prayed to God to grant the soul of Oba Adetunji eternal rest and comfort the family, friends, associates and subjects he left behind.

The Oba’s remains of Olubadan of Ibadanland was buried some minutes after 4 pm according to Islamic rites in his private palace in Ibadan.

The monarch died early on Sunday Morning at the University College Hospital Ibadan. He was aged 93.

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