“He’s a visionary and compassionate leader” – Buhari mourns late Olubadan


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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji as a “visionary and compassionate leader” whose legacies Nigerians should emulate.

The president stated this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Sunday.

The president extended his “heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Oyo State, the Royal Family, the Olubadan-in-council and the people of Ibadan on the passing” of the late monarch.

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“The President affirms that the late Kabiyesi was a visionary and compassionate leader, who used the spheres of his influence as a respected traditional ruler and a lover of the creative industry to advance the progress of his people, encouraging and motivating them to give their best in their vocation and to the nation.

“While his demise understandably leaves a huge void to fill, the President urges the people of Ibadan and Nigerians from different walks of life to honour the eternal memory of the deceased by imbibing the virtues he cherished so much: generosity, peace, tolerance and devotion to unity.

“As the funeral rites of the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland get underway in Ibadan, the President trusts that the process of selecting his successor will be guided by wisdom, understanding and good judgment that exemplified the life he lived.

“President Buhari prays God to grant the soul of Oba Adetunji eternal rest and comfort the family, friends, associates and subjects he left behind,” the statement read in part.


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