- The Kwara state government has reacted to the death of Oba Sikiru Atanda Woleola II
- The circumstances surrounding the death of the monarch was not disclosed
- Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state disclosed what the oba will be remembered for
A first-class monarch ruler in Kwara state, the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, Oba Sikiru Atanda Woleola II, has died.
The Nation reported that the traditional ruler died at his country home in Ajase-Ipo on Sunday, February 21, after a brief illness.
The Kwara state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has in a statement through his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the death of the monarch as sad.
The governor said the late traditional ruler was a promoter of peace.
The statement read:
“His Excellency the governor received the news of the passage on Sunday night of his Royal Highness the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo with sadness and equanimity as we are constantly subject to the will of the Almighty Allaah.
“The Olupo was a great man, a lover of his people, and an inimitable king under whom his people and community blossomed. His disposition to peace, harmony and development explains the love and wide acceptance he enjoyed from far and wide as a monarch.''
Leadership reported that the late Oba was the 15th monarch of Olupo of Ajase-Ipo. He reportedly ascended the throne in 2009 and died after 12 years of peaceful reign.
Until his demise, Oba Woleola was the chairman of the Igbomina traditional council in Kwara south.
Meanwhile, a group, Nigeria First movement on Tuesday, February 16 called for a better understanding among Nigerians of different ethnic groups.
The group’s call was in response to the crisis and tension in some parts of Oyo state where some Nigerians appear to be targeted, attacked and even killed over their ethnicity.
In a statement signed by its president, Philip Agbese, and seen by Legit.ng, the Nigeria First said such ugly development must not be allowed to continue.
In another news, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), on Monday, February 15 asked people in northern Nigeria not to take revenge on southerners living in any part of the north due to the ethnic crisis in some parts of Oyo state.
The forum noted that such action will not solve the current problem the country is facing, but would further escalate.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.