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Senator Omoworare Mourns the apotheosis of Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade
Senator representing Osun East (Ife/Ijesa) Senatorial District, and Chairman, Senate Rules Business Committee, Senator Babajide Omoworare has described the apotheosis of the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba OkunadeSijuwade, as a colosal loss, saying that the incidence was shocking and grief-stricken. According to a statement signed by his media aide Tunde Dairo, Omoworare expressed his condolence to the Ile-Ife traditional council, the entire Ife land, family and friends of the Late Ooni Sijuwade who joined his ancestors recently as officially announced by the Ooni in council following a brief illness. According to the Senator who hails from Ile-Ife, the traditional ruler’s lifestyle added glamour, uniqueness, dignity and pride to the Ooni’s stool, adding that Oba Sijuwade duly and responsively represented the ancient town and the Yoruba race in diaspora very well .
“Oba Sijuwade was a significant figure in Nigeria with notable presence in almost every facet of human endeavour be it politics, business, academics, religion and tradition. History of this nation will be incomplete without a mention of Ooni Sijuwade”, Omoworare said.
The Senator maintained that the vacant stool left behind by the Olubuse the second would be difficult to fill, saying that the late Sijuwade, like every other previous Ooni, would be missed for his passion for the development of the cradle of the Yoruba race.
Omoworare who is a grandchild of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ile-Ife that preceded Oba Sijuwade, said he was personally griefed by the demise of His Imperial Majesty because of the fatherly role he played in his life, his advice and guidance on his political career which would no longer be available to anyone again.
He said: “The late Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade was a legend; a hero, an idol and an icon in the Yoruba traditional institution and the Yoruba race generally. “Oba Sijuwade was an epitome of Yoruba traditional institution, culture and history. He would forever be missed for his passion and immense contribution to the development of Ile-Ife and Yoruba race. I will personally miss him for his fatherly role he played in my life until his demise. “May God almighty give the Ile-Ife traditional council, the entire Ife land, family and friends of the Late OoniSijuwade the fortitude to bear the loss, and I pray God gives Ifeland another great Ooni to succeed our late father.”