By Ifeanyi Olannye
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commiserated with Gov. Seyi Makinde, the government and people of Oyo State over the demise of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika on Saturday in Asaba, noted that the late octagenarian traditional ruler was an influential leader who was committed to the development of his kingdom and beyond.
According to Okowa, Adeyemi reportedly died on Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti after a brief illness, at 83.
He said the king led a good life during which his influence transcended his domain and indeed, Oyo state.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I commiserate with the government and people of Oyo state, the immediate family of the Alaafin, the Oyo Mesi as well as the Oyo State Traditional Council over the passing of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.
“The late Oba’s 52 years reign making him the longest serving Alaafin, recorded remarkable peace and tremendous development in his domain.
“He will be remembered for his contributions to the peace, unity and development of his kingdom and the entire Oyo state,” Okowa said.
He urged the family of the deceased royal father, friends, associates and the people of Oyo to take solace in the fact that the Oba lived an exemplary life and was a great voice on national issues.
He prayed that Almighty God would grant the soul of the departed Oba eternal rest. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)