Eminent personalities from all walks of life (today) converged on the historic Mapo Hall, Ibadan to hold special eighth-day prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji (Aje Ogunguniso 1).
Dignitaries present at the event included Senators Teslim Folarin, Adesoji Akanbi, Olufemi Lanlehin, Engr Olasunkanmi Tegbe, Mrs Olusegun Obasanjo, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, Dr Barry Adetunji, all the High Chiefs in Ibadan including the former governor Rasheed Ladoja who is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, members of the Oyo State Executive Council, Chairmen of local government areas, market leaders, among others.
The prayer session was held by both Christian and Islamic clerics for the late monarch who died in the early hours of Sunday 2nd January 2022 at the age of 93.
In his sermon, Apostle Iyiola who led Christian clerics stressed the importance of every individual to recognise God and take into cognisance the fact that they will also die someday to give accounts of their stewardship while on earth.
He described the late Olubadan as a man who feared God during his lifetime and had a peaceful reign.
Also, in his fidau lecture, Professor Kamil Olosho urged the people to live a good life as the late king did.
In an interview with Rulers’ World, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State, Chief Bayo Adelabu, popularly known as Penkelemesi, said the late Olubadan lived a purposeful and fulfilled life.
Adelabu, who described the ascendancy to the throne of Olubadan as smooth and straight which has been in existence for years, urged other Yoruba speaking people to take a cue from the Ibadan traditional system which is devoid of rancour whenever they want to select personalities for the throne of the king in their domain.
Ace gospel musician, Lady Evangelist Bola Are, who was one of the guest artists at the event, described her relationship with the late King as that of father and daughter, adding that the late monarch was a peace-loving man.
She hinted that the Omo Aje Record, a company owned by the late monarch sold thousands of her first album titled *Baba ku Ise” in 1977.