Speaking on behalf of the All Progressives Congress, APC of Osun State, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, the state party chairman spoke about the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade.
He said, “Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II was an exceptional and authentic representation of royalty that Yoruba nation has ever experienced in two centuries.
“Occasionally, his personality stirred controversy; he had been through some rough and tumbles, but what made the late Ooni so special is that he commanded your respect even when you were reluctant to give it. The authority of Oodua radiated through him.
“Like him or hate him, the late Ooni is one royalty whose charismatic and cultural opulence will live on in the history of world royalties. He has set a standard that will be difficult to outshine in Yorubaland. That is what makes him so unique.
“We accept his passing as natural just as we realise that mourning the event is also natural. However, the Ooni lives on with his ancestors while we carry on and live the traditions of our forefathers to make our people prosperous and our country great.
“Osun State, the APC, and the Yoruba nation thank the world for empathizing with us on the death of the Ooni of Ife. His great soul will luxuriate in peace and comfort in the world beyond as it pleases the Creator spirit to offer him.”