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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday mourned the late Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, describing him as a patriot and astute custodian of cultural and traditional values, “whose immense contributions to the development of his domain would be greatly missed.”
Obasanjo in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi said he received the death of Oba Olagbegi with deep regret, just as he commiserated with the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and people of the state on the “sorrowful demise.”
Obasanjo, who is the Odofin of Owo said that “the late Olowo of Owo will be remembered as a patriot and an astute custodian of our cultural and traditional values, who gave his best while on the throne of his forefathers.
“His contributions to the political, social and economic life of Owo Kingdom in Ondo State will remain indelible in the hearts and minds of those who had interacted with him in these spheres.
“Apart from making his mark early as, and epitomising the qualities of an eminent Legal Practitioner and Senior Advocate of Nigeria by which he has left an indelible mark on the Nigerian legal plane and the administration of justice and later as Chancellor of the University of Benin in 2005, Chancellor of the University of Abuja and until his death Chancellor of the University of Jos and former Chairman of the Ondo Council of Obas, our revered Oba brought his salutary influence to sue for peace, understanding and development in Owo community in particular and the entire Ondo State in general.”
“Although Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial stage in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed, I would urge the Chiefs of Owo Kingdom, the entire Owo community and all the members of his immediate and extended family to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind. In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life.”
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