Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday, commiserated with the family of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. He described the deceased monarch as a rare gem and eulogised him for the roles he played before his death .
“Without any iota of doubt, Oba Sijuwade was a forthright traditional ruler, and astute business man who for decades helped to pursue and unite the common interests of the Yoruba race. His timely interventions in communal and inter-state disputes in the past are remarkable strides that will forever remain in our minds”, Ambode stated.
“Among other virtues the Ooni dedicated himself to the service of the nation and as long as we are alive, we must remember him for many things; his peace loving nature, candidness and his belief that there is hope that Nigeria’s challenges will be surmounted in the nearest future.”