*mourns Bode Akindele
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Monday tasked clerics and spiritual leaders irrespective of affiliations to intercede for the well-being of all Ibadan citizens, particularly the pride of Ibadanland.
Oba Adetunji who stated this in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Adeola Oloko on the death of Parakoyi of Ibadanland, Chief Bode Akindele
The royal father in the statement expressed worry ” over persistent cases of deaths of Ibadan elders in recent times, saying it is becoming one too many. “
Oba Adetunji stressed that the news of Chief Akindele’s death came as shock and disbelief barely four days after the death of the Oyo state immediate past Govermor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Oba Adetunji emphasized that there is the need for clerics and spiritual leaders irrespective of affiliations to intercede for the well-being of all Ibadan citizens, “particularly our pride in Ibadanland such as the souls that have been departing slowly but steadily in recent times”
Oba Adetunji lamented the passing in recent times of high profile Ibadan indigenes such as the legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN; veteran journalist, Chief Areoye Oyebola; business mogul, Chief Muritala Adetunji; renowned educationist, Chief Emiola Adesina; as well as renowned agronomist, Dr. Lalekan Ayokunnu Are.
On Chief Akindele’s death, the royal father described him ” as an astute business man, entrepreneur of note and one life benefiting many” recalling how the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland set up business outfits, employed hundreds and fixed destinies of otherwise hapless citizens. “Even though a man who lives up to 82 can be said to be advanced in age. When people mourn their loses it is because the vacuum left behind by them is always difficult if not impossible to fill”, he said.
Oba Adetunji noted that Chief Akindele bestrode the business world like a colossus for over 50 years, culminating in the establishment of Madandola Group of Companies with investment in shipping, fisheries, Real Estate and Telecommunications etc.