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Makinde Narrates Last Moment With Late Olubadan When Hospitalized
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, where he announced that the departed monarch will get a royal and befitting burial.
The Governor while speaking at Popoyemoja, the palace of the late monarch on Tuesday went down the memory lane and equally revealed the effort he made to ensure the late monarch got the medical attention needed when he was hospitalized. His words:
“In 2017, when we went for a programme at the Liberty Stadium, Baba was also there to grace the event, where CCII gave me an award. I made a statement there and told everybody that no matter how long the people of Ibadan may have suffered because of the challenges they were facing, they would rejoice at the end of the day. It really was a statement of faith that day.
“And now, I am happy that Kabiyesi saw the new lease of life in Ibadan and Oyo State before he joined his ancestors.
“At the event, I also said that the issue of kingship in Ibadan is clear. I don’t want us to feel sad because I know Baba has gone to rest. Instead, let us thank God.
“Today, I am saying it in front of everybody that those saying that I was supposed to return to the state immediately I got the news of Baba’s demise ‘lack knowledge.’ Yes. I have always been in talks with Baba every moment. I was at Saki when he was sick but I was talking to the medical doctors taking care of him in the hospital.
“So, those criticising my action are not the ones to tell us how we are supposed to take care of our aged ones. We know what to do and we did what was expected of us to do. I am here on behalf of the government to tell you that the pain is for all of us.
“Baba stood for truth. If he had not, he would not have boldly told the past government to retrace its step when it was treading the wrong path. “Power is not something that is easy to manage but Baba looked at power in the face and spoke the truth to power concerning the issue of the traditional institution in Ibadan.”