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Aregbesola shuns Ooni’s funeral service for son’s wedding
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Aregbesola shuns Ooni’s funeral service for son’s wedding

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Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was not at the inter-relegious Service organised by his Government to celebrate the life of times of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, rather he sent his Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government , Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, as representatives.

His conspicuous absence was being discussed throughout the ceremony which was attended by so many respected Nigerians including Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Sources revealed to www.thelightnews.com that Aregbesola could not attend the final farewell event for the Ooni because one of his sons was having his Nikkai in Lagos. The wedding ceremony is a hush hush affair known only to close family members.In fact, the engagement a few weeks ago had no fanfare.

At the inter-religious service held in Oba Sijuwade’s honour at Enuwa, Ile-Ife, the Vice President  declared that the late monarch used his clout to unite the Yoruba race.

According to him, “Ooni’s enduring legacies live on. He lived in affluence and achieved a lot while alive. All Yoruba people recognised him and his impact was visibly felt among his people in terms of human capital development and support for the needy. He united the Yoruba race.”

Delivering his sermon, entitled “How are the mighty falling,” a cleric from Ife Anglican Diocese, Reverend Olusola Akanbi, who represented the Bishop of Ife Diocese, Right Reverend Oluranti Odubogun, described death as the inevitable end of all mortals, noting that “no matter how long anyone lived, death is always the end or terminal point on earth.”

He recalled that Oba Sijuwade promoted freedom of religion among all his subjects, thereby enhancing peaceful co-existence among the people, stressing that judgment awaited every man after death, hence the need for all and sundry to live above board.

In his admonition, the Mufasir of Ife, Alhaji Musbaudeen Yusuff, submitted that the late traditional ruler utilised his wealth for the benefit of the downtrodden, just as he implored prominent Nigerians to imbibe the attributes of Oba Sijuwade so as to make the society a better place.

While leading the traditionalists in their worship, Chief Ifaloba Ifagbenro, the Tedimola Awo Ilare Ile Ife, expressed happiness that the reign of Oba Sijuwade engendered prosperity and socio-economic growth for Ife township.

Meanwhile, while the interdenominational service was ongoing, several gunshots were heard inside the palace, a development which indicated the well-known gun salute, which is the grand finale of traditional rites of passage of a monarch.

The eldest son of the late monarch, Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade, expressed the gratitude of the Sijuwade royal family to all the people that graced the event, stressing that the family was overwhelmed by their demonstration of love and support.

General Adeyinka Adebayo, Chief Oyekunle Alex Duduyemi, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Jide Omoworare, Chief Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi, Bashorun Dele Momodu, Prince Damola Aderemi, Rev.(Mrs) Tola Oyediran and Ambassador Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu who represented the Awolowo family.

 

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