The Osi Basorun of Ibadanland and 2023 Oyo State Governorship Hopeful, Chief Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan has expressed sadness over the death of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji (Aje Oguguniso 1) on Sunday morning.
In a statement issued by his media office in Ibadan and made available to journalists, Osi Basorun Adeduntan described the passing away of the Ibadan Monarch as shocking and unexpected at this time.
Olubadan Adetunji died in the early hours of Sunday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.at the age of 95years.
Adeduntan said “I received the news of the passing away of My Father, highly respected kabiyesi , His Imperial Majesty Oba Soliu Adetunji, Aje Oguguniso 1) with shock. I am greatly saddened and devastated by his death .notwithstanding his old age. He will be sorely missed.
“On November 23rd 2019, Late Oba Adetunji brought me a succour after the political turmoil of the Governorship primaries and eventual loss of Oyo APC in the Governorship election by bestowing on me the title of Osi Basorun of Ibadanland for my sterling performance as commissioner of health and philanthropic activities in ,IBADAN LAND,NIGERIA and DIASPORA,to my very own surprise when I was not even expecting it”.
“Kaabiyesi was a consummate and highly revered monarch who carried royalty with respect and decency.
“His death is a personal loss to me, because he was my ardent supporter, and father offering me useful advice.”
“His reign brought peace and development to Ibadanland and He will never be forgotten.
The founder,Dr Azeez Popoola Adeduntan Foundation (DAPAF) and founder Adeduntan Cardiovascular & Diagnostic centre(ACDC) IBADAN,Nigeria commiserated with the wife, Alhaja Rashidat, the children,immediate family,members of the Olubadan-in-Council, the extended family, friends, associates and the entire indigenes of the ancient city on the demise of our King.
“On behalf of my family, all members of my staff in Nigeria and the United States of America, my teeming supporters across the state, & DIaspora,I pray, with fervency to almighty Allah (SWT) to grant our King Al-Jannah fridaous” for he extended to me uncommon love.
ibadan history will be very kind to him.-Adeduntan concluded.