President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commiserated with the people of Ibadan and the Oyo State Government on the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.
He said the monarch’s death was a great loss not only to the people of Ibadan, but also the entire country.
Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Odulana’s rich and wise counsel would be missed.
The President also extended condolences to the family of the late monarch.
He described the deceased as a patriot, promoter of peace, unity and champion of the wellbeing of his subjects.
“Nigeria needs the wisdom of such senior citizens and their wealth of experience and moral standards, especially at a time that we want to change the orientation and ethical values of our people to place higher priority on hard work, discipline, honesty, accountability and transparency.” Buhari said.
He urged mourners to take solace in the fact that Oba Odulana Odugade lived well and left behind remarkable imprints for his successor and admirers to emulate.
The President also prayed God to grant the soul of the late monarch a peaceful rest.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Government has announced February 12, 2016 for the burial of the late monarch.
Oba Odugade died on Tuesday at the age of 101.
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