The South West Governors have reacted to the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.
Naija News had earlier reported that the monarch died at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State on Sunday morning.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu said Ibadan and the Yoruba race have lost a leader and a valuable asset.
On behalf of his colleague, Akeredolu, Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, said the news of the death of the monarch came to them as a rude shock.
The governors condoled with the Government and good people of Oyo state particularly indigenes of Ibadan, saying that the late monarch did his best for the development of Ibadan land.
They also condoled with the monarch’s immediate family while praying that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
The statement reads: “Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji was, undoubtedly, committed to the progress and peace of Ibadan land. He was a king whose reign witnessed tremendous development in Ibadan land.
“Yet, his transition is another tragedy for us in Yoruba land. This loss, coming shortly after the demise of Soun of Ogbomoso, is a big blow dealt on our traditional stool in Yoruba land
“As a people with culture and tradition, we believe that Oba Adetunji has gone to be with his forefathers. He has played his part and only his legacies will forever speak for him.
“He will be remembered for his firm stands. His principles and love for his people will be his enduring legacies. He was royalty with a difference.”
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