Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, died on Sunday, according to the Oyo State Government.
The state governor, Seyi Makinde, expressed his shock at the monarch’s death in a press statement.
Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, issued a statement headlined “Makinde mourns Olubadan of Ibadanland.”
Despite his advanced age, Makinde expressed regret at the death of the royal icon, whom he regarded as a magnificent leader of his people and an example royal parent, adding that his wisdom and abundance of experience would be lost.
The governor sent his condolences to the Olubadan’s immediate family, the Olubadan-in-Council, all Ibadan residents, and the Oyo State Traditional Council.
According to the governor, Kabiesi gave his all to ensure that Ibadanland is developed and takes pride of position as one of Africa’s main cities.
He said, “The news of the death of our father, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, came as a shock.
“Kabiyesi’s exit at this time is painful, to say the least. His wealth of experience, his immense wisdom and his commitment to seeing a greater Ibadan and a better Oyo State are unrivalled.
“Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and humanity at large will miss Kabiyesi, who was ever ready to give his all to see a better society.
“I commiserate with his immediate family, the Olubadan-in-Council, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and all Ibadan indigenes at home and abroad on the demise of our father.
“I equally extend my condolences to the Oyo State Traditional Council and pray to God to keep all our Obas safe and give them more years to direct the affairs of our people, especially as Olubadan’s death is coming on the heels of the demise of the Soun of Ogbomosoland and Asigangan of Igangan. May God grant them all eternal rest.”