President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the Soun of Ogbomoso land, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, on the demise of the highly revered traditional ruler earlier on Sunday.
In a condolence message by his Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja, the President commiserated with the government and people of Oyo State as well as the indigenes of Ogbomoso land on the demise of the frontline traditional ruler.
The president noted that Oyewumi’s reign of 48 years reinforced the town as a land of peace, accommodating and a bastion of history and tradition.
President Buhari also joined the Oyo State Council of Obas in mourning the First Class Traditional ruler.
He affirmed that the deceased would forever be remembered for his counsel and commitment to the unity and harmony within the ranks of the traditional rulers.
He urged sons and daughters of Ogbomoso land to be consoled with the fact that Oba Oyewumi accentuated his reign with the development and progress of the community through enduring peace and extension of hands of fellowship to peoples of other lands.
….Makinde mourns Soun of Ogbomosoland, says monarch made lasting impact…
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Sunday, described the death of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, as a huge loss to the Ogbomoso kingdom, Oyo State and humanity in general.
The governor, who mourned the passing of the foremost traditional ruler, described him as a quintessential monarch, a man of peace and a passionate supporter of development.
He expressed his condolences to the monarch’s immediate family, the people of Ogbomoso and the Oyo State Council of Obas.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that Oba Oyewumi used his wealth of experience to develop Ogbomosoland over the past decades.
He said that the monarch made lasting impact on his domain, while also leaving indelible marks on Oyo State and humanity.
He said: “I received the news of the passage unto glory of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomosoland with shock.
“Though Kabiyesi lived up to the age 95, his death at this time is still a huge loss to the state and the traditional institution, because he has created a vacuum not only in Ogbomosoland but also in the entire state and the nation.
“In Kabiyesi, we had a quintessential monarch, who loved and worked for peace and development. In his years on the throne of his forebears, Oba Oyewumi made a lasting impact on Ogbomosoland and by extension Oyo State.
“On behalf of the people and Government of Oyo State, I hereby express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate family of the departed monarch and the people of Ogbomosoland.
“I also commiserate with the Oyo State Council Obas, which has lost a prominent member in Oba Oyewumi.
“It is my prayer that God grants Kabiyesi Aljanah Firdaus and also grant everyone the fortitude to bear this loss.”
Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde
December 12, 2021.
….Soun’s Death, Great Loss to Yorubaland and Nigeria – Youth and Sports Minister…
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has described the death of the Soun of Ogbomosho, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi JP CON, CFR, Ajagungbade III, as a huge loss to yorubaland and Nigeria.
The Minister, who holds the traditional title of AGBAAKIN of Ogbomosho land, described Oba Oyewumi as a leader with capacity, influence, affluence and wisdom, who was the architect of modern day Ogbomosho and was very committed to the welfare and development of Ogbomosho land. He was also a lover and promoter of sports.
The Soun passed on in the early hours of today, Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the ripe age of 95. He ascended the throne in October 1973, ruling for 48 years.
Minister Dare, in a press statement, said Oba Oyewumi’s reign brought peace and stability to the people and placed Ogbomosho on a higher political pedestal both at the State and national levels.
The youth and sports Minister thanked God for the eventful and fruitful life of the departed ruler and condoled with the other sons and daughters of Ogbomosho land both home and abroad, assuring all that the solid foundation laid by Oba Oyewumi will be built on.
The late Soun was known for his sagacity, humility, wisdom and cosmopolitan attributes. He is credited with the rising profile of Ogbomosho in the politics of Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.