Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the late Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, as an important figure of nation building, community development and peaceful coexistence.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, said he was shocked to hear of the death of the monarch who was full of life and made colorful appearances at public functions some few days ago.
Describing the demise of the traditional ruler as “very unfortunate”, Dr. Fayemi recalled that the late Oba was a father to all irrespective of political affiliations, ethnic, cultural and religious differences.
He said the late royal father threw his door open to everybody who needed counsel, support and consultations on various issues and never discriminated.
Governor Fayemi pointed out that the late Deji served diligently as the Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Traditional Rulers, a position which he held until his demise.
He noted that the late Oba Adesida used this position to advance the cause of the traditional institution as an important partner of development and sustenance of peace in the Akure kingdom, Ondo State and Nigeria in general.
Dr. Fayemi commiserated with the family of the late monarch, chiefs and elders of Akure, the government and people of Ondo State on what he described as “a monumental loss of a revered royal father” whose short but eventful reign would remind indelible in the memory of all and sundry.
Last modified: December 2, 2013