*says critics still free to keep running their mouths
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor,
Addressing the family of Oba Oyewumi, High Chiefs and members of Ogbomoso community at the Palace of the Soun, the governor declared that the late Soun will be given state burial by his administration.
Governor Makinde stressed that his visit to Ogbomoso was to officially condole with the family and entire sons and daughters of Ogbomosoland over the demise of the Oba and that of his daughter, Prof. Taibat Danmale, who died on Sunday.
The governor emphasized that late Oba Oyewumi deserves state burial and that Oyo state government would do just that as the late Oba was a forthright and very blunt person, who used to speak truth to power always.
” When Baba Saka Balogun and I spoke, I gave him my word that I would attend the 8th-day Fidau prayer since I was not around on the day Baba died. But later, Baba Balogun called me back and said the 8th-day prayer event may not be appropriate for the nature of burial Baba deserves, and that we should take a bit more time and make preparation for the 40th-day prayer and outing. One thing led to the other, I had to travel and I am here today”, he said.
Governor Makinde added, “so, those critics are still free to keep running their mouths. Part of the reason I came is that Baba deserves State Burial and, for me as the Governor of Oyo State, that is exactly what I will give to Baba.”
” So, I am here to discuss with the family personally and whatever we agree on is what I will carry out. I want to pray that Ogbomoso will continue to progress and the vision Baba had for Ogbomoso land will be accomplished by the grace of God.”
Speaking further, the governor saidthe late Oba Oyewumi ” left a good legacy and did wonderfully well for the development of Ogbomoso and the Oyo state in general, saying, ” the purpose of our visit this morning is to officially condole with the family. I want to say that Baba, as old as he was, left a good legacy and did wonderfully well for the development of not only Ogbomoso land but Oyo State”.
” I like Baba because he wouldn’t hide his feelings. He spoke truth to power. So, we will miss Baba for those qualities.Those who don’t want unity and progress for our state have been saying a lot of negative things since Baba joined his ancestors. Some said I did not come to condole with the family because I don’t like the people of Ogbomosoland. The truth is, all those people making those comments don’t know how close I am to the palace and to Mama (Olori Ibironke).
Welcoming Governor Makinde, the eldest son of the late monarch, Dr. Aderemi Oyewumi, said Governor Makinde stands as “one of the favourite governors of the late monarch” and that the visit was highly appreciated, saying, ” we
want to thank the governor for finally visiting us because a lot of people have said a lot of things on this issue. It is better late than never. We really appreciate you.”
“You have said a lot of good things about Baba and another thing I want to specially thank you for is the issue of LAUTECH. The institution was so dear to Baba and many of us here know the huge contribution of Baba to ensure the institution is domiciled here in Ogbomoso, even until the name was changed to LAUTECH. But for your singular act in settling the ownership issue between the Osun and Oyo states, you did well.
“I am sure that on the list of Baba’s favourite governors, who have ruled Oyo State, you are one. So, we really thank you.