SOUNS’S DEMISE: PASSAGE OF ICONIC TRADITIONAL RULER-SEN BALOGUN
Senator Kola Balogun has described the demise of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewunmi Ajagungbade III, as the passage of an iconic traditional ruler who did his best for his people and his community.
The senator, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District, said this in a message to condole with Oyo State government, the people of Ogbomoso and the immediate family of the late foremost traditional ruler who joined his ancestors in the early hours of Sunday.
Oba Oyewunmi, was born on 27 May, 1926 and ruled over Ogbomoso for more than 48 years, having ascended the throne of his forefathers on 24 October, 1973.
Senator Balogun, in the condolence message by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr Dapo Falade, described the late Soun as a lover of his people who worked round the clock to ensure the development of Ogbomoso.
He said passage of the late traditional ruler should not call for mourning as, according to him, Oba Oyewunmi lived up to a very good old and he was a fulfilled oba who made a lot of positive impacts on his people and the entire Ogbomosoland.
“It is true that no one would be happy with the passage of his or her loved ones, no matter the age. However, it is appointed unto every mortal to taste death and we shall all go at our appointed time.
“More importantly, we should thank God for the life of baba, Oba Oladunni Oyewunmi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomoso. He not only lived up to a ripe old age, he also lived an impactful life.
“Kabiyesi was an iconic traditional ruler who lived for his people. He mounted the throne in 1973 and, for more than 48 years, he strived to see to the socio-economic development of Ogbomosoland and its environs.
“Baba was an epitome of what the traditional institution truly represents. He elevated the traditional throne, both in character and with his gait and poise. He truly worked for and preserved the Yoruba culture and tradition.
“The late Soun of Ogbomoso was a success in all ramifications. He was a successful businessman who came to the throne of his forefathers at a relatively young age.
“As a traditional ruler, his community and people enjoyed peace as there was no crisis whatsoever in the town and there were visible socio-economic and infrastructural development during his reign.
“He had many great visions for the development of his people and most of these were fulfilled in his lifetime. For example, Ogbomoso experienced great educational transformation during the reign of the late Soun,” he stated in the statement.
Senator Balogun, in the statement, condoled with the Oyo State government, the people of Oyo State, indigenes and residents of Ogbomoso, including his wife, Mrs Mogbonjubola Kola Balogun.
He also console with members of the immediate family of the late Soun of Ogbomoso and prayed that God should grant the soul of the traditional ruler a peaceful rest.