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Soun of Ogbomoso: He was our father, a nationalist- Ex-Oyo Governor, SSG

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Former Governor of Oyo State, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has described the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111 as a mentor who also played the role of a father to him.

Alao-Akala who ruled the state between 2007 and 2011 made this disclosure in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Sunday.

The former Governor who holds the title of Bobagunwa of Ogbomoso is a native of Ogbomoso.

Our correspondent recalls that the monarch died on Sunday

The monarch who died at the age of 95, reigned for 48 years.

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Alao-Akala in his reaction described the passage of the traditional ruler as a personal loss to him.

He maintained that the monarch never ruled over Ogbomosoland but led the people into global fame and recognition.

He said, “Baba, brought Ogbomosoland into International reckoning and brought about a huge deal of development.

“His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111, will be sorely missed as a great man of exemplary character, a witty, never compromising King and a man who held on the noble virtues of culture and tradition till he breathed his last”.

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Former Secretary to the state government, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli in his own reaction, described the monarch as a true federalist with a heart of integrity.

He maintained that the monarch contributed his own quota to the development of the country.

“He was a true federalist. He was a man of integrity. All these traits are reflected in the ways he handled issues.

“Soun could have collected the whooping N100 million dashed out to him by the state government but he rejected it. He told the government to invest it in the youths which was the Genesis of the protest.

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“The monarch was a nationalist who never discriminated among the people, regardless of their social status.”

 

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