Great loss to Ibadan Oyelade’s death,

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The Agbaofin of Ibadanland, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, has described the death of Ekefa Olubadan, Senior Chief Lateef Oyelade, as a great loss to Ibadan’s social, religious and traditional systems, adding that he would be greatly missed by all for his outstanding contributions to the society.

Oyelade, the Babaasale Musulumi of Ibadanland was until his demise a member of the Otun line of the Olubadan ascendancy system where he rose to the exalted level of Ekefa, just a step before becoming a High Chief and member of the Olubadan Advisory Council.

Ayorinde in a statement stated that the late Senior Chief lived by example, adding that Ibadanland has lost an amazing and progressive man.

Olubadan, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by his Personal Assistant (Media), Oladele Ogunsola expressed shock and bewilderment by the sad news, asking the Almighty Allah to forgive his late Chief all his shortcomings.

Recalling the last interactions between the two of them which was about two weeks ago, the monarch said, “the death was shocking to me as nothing suggested that the meeting would be the last of such. The death is another of Allah’s mysterious ways of doing His own things. Who are we to query His ways?

“Aside our relationship in the traditional system, we shared brotherly relationship as he remained among the few that would visit just to check on me and my welfare and not necessarily for any favour or assistance regarding his role and post in the traditional system.

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“He was also always available to give robust and effective representation anytime he was called upon by the palace to represent me. A very deep religious person, a philanthropist and well composed personality, he possessed very good sense of judgment. He is going to be sorely missed”, Olubadan added.

Oba Balogun commiserated with both the immediate and extended families of the late Senior Chief, the Ibadan traditional institution, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), the Muslim community and the generality of Ibadan sons and daughters, both at home and in the diaspora with a charge to appreciate the Almighty Allah for the good life led by the late religious and traditional leader.

He said “I received the news of the transition of Senior Chief Oyelade, the Babaasale Musulumi of Ibadanland, with sadness. His demise has robbed us of his wisdom and wise counseling. He never withheld his deep insights and rich perspectives from those who sought his guidance.

“Even though he was much older in age he related with us in such a courteous manner. He was extremely civilised and appropriate in his demeanour and countenance.

“Chief Oyelade was a very highly regarded Senior Chief of Ibadanland. He worked assiduously for the peace and stability of not only Ibadanland, Oyo State and Yorubaland but also the entire country.

“He will be greatly missed by all. His contributions to society were outstanding in all ramifications. A peaceful and God-fearing man who lived by example. As recently as last month, we exchanged pleasantries.

“He was unable to attend my installation as Agba Ofin of Ibadanland as his son was getting married in Lagos the next day and he had to travel out of Ibadan. We promised to catch up on other matters affecting our great metropolitan city and our dear State. Little did I suspect that his time to depart this side of the divide had come.

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“I pray for the repose of his soul and for his family to receive the fortitude to bear their loss as only the Almighty God can give them succour. I commiserate with H.E. Governor Seyi Makinde and his Imperial Majesty The Olubadan of Ibadanland over the demise of this patriot, giant and great son of Ibadan,” he said.

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