- Oba Olufemi Fashade, Owa of Igbajo, has reportedly passed away
- The octogenarian died on Thursday, December 24, plunging his community into mourning
- He ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1990 years after voluntarily retiring from the Nigerian Army
The people of Igbajo, a community in Osun state, have been plunged into mourning following the death of Owa of Igbajo, Oba Olufemi Fashade.
According to The Punch, the octogenarian traditional ruler passed away after failing to recover from an illness on Thursday, December 24.
A retired soldier, Oba Fashade mounted the stool of his forefathers in 1990.
Although no formal announcement has been made of his demise, a close source confirmed the death of the traditional ruler.
He added that according to the tradition, some "necessary rites" have to be performed before the official declaration.
According to the information on the Facebook page of the community "Igbajo Olora", the late monarch was born on April 17, 1939, in Abeokuta.
He had his primary educated at Baptist Day school, Ijaye-Abeokuta, and Baptist School, Ebute-metta, Lagos state.
He went to Abeokuta High school and Kiriji Memorial College where he got his O, levels in 1959. Oba Fashade later went Tottenham College, London where he studied Building Engineering, and Hammersmith College, London where he also had his masters in Structural Engineering.
Fashade was enlisted for the short service commission in the Nigerian Army in June 1969), and was commissioned a full lieutenant in the engineering corps.
He retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Army in December 1977 with the rank of Major General.
He was a partner in Tag Design Group and Fadetco Construction Company Limited. He was also a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers (NISE) and Council for Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN).
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari mourned and extolled the virtues of the late district head of Madobi, Alhaji Musa Saleh Kwankwaso.
In a condolence message to the people of Kano state, Buhari described the late patriarch as a "refined traditional leader."
The president also stated that late Sale Kwankwaso would be remembered for his contribution to unity and peace of the country.
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