First-class monarch, Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, Oba Sikiru Atanda Woleola is dead.
Oba Woleola, aged 69 passed on around 10pm yesterday, Sunday, February 21, after a brief illness in his country home of Ajase-Ipo.
State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has commiserated with the state’s traditional institution and the people of Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun local government area of the state on the passage.
A statement by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, said "His Excellency the governor received the news of the passage on Sunday night of his Royal Highness the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo with sadness and equanimity as we are constantly subject to the will of the Almighty Allaah.
“The Olupo was a great man, a lover of his people, and an inimitable king under whom his people and community blossomed. His disposition to peace, harmony and development explains the love and wide acceptance he enjoyed from far and wide as a monarch,” the governor said in a
statement by his Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye.
Ajakaye added that “on behalf of the people and government of Kwara State, the Governor commiserates with the Kwara state council of Chiefs led by his Royal Highness the Emir of Ilorin, the Irepodun traditional council, the people of Ajase-Ipo, the immediate and extended royal families of the ancient town, and friends and associates of the Olupo on this sad development.
“He prays the Almighty Allah to repose the soul of the monarch, and grant the community the fortitude to bear the loss," the statement said.
Also, former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has commiserated with the people of Ajasse Ipo regarding the demise of Oba Woleola, who was also the Chairman, Igbomina-Ekiti Traditional Council.
In a Twitter post, Alhaji Ahmed described the death of Olupo as a ‘painful personal loss', given his relationship with the late monarch and his ancestral links to Ajase-Ipo. Recalling his association with the late Olupo, the former governor described him as a committed monarch who deeply loved Ajase Ipo and continuously advocated for his people.
Ahmed sympathised with the late monarch’s family, people of Ajase Ipo and the Igbomina-Ekiti kingdom over the “big loss” of a respected and admired traditional leader’.