BREAKING: Popular Yoruba traditional ruler dies [PHOTO]
The Olukoyi of Ikoyi kingdom in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria, Oba Yisau Bamitale Otunla Kodaolu 1, is dead.
POLITICS NIGERIA learned that Oba Bamitale died in the early hours of today, Tuesday, following a brief illness.
His age cannot yet be determined.
The deceased monarch was praised as an epitome of development in Ikoyi Osun, Isokan local government and Osun State by extension.
The late traditional ruler, who led his people for 35 years, is expected to be buried on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Olukoyi Palace grounds, Ikoyi, Osun State.
Mourning the Oba’s death, a popular Osun politician, Asiwaju Lanre Oladebo wrote on social media: “My heart bleeds as I woke up to read the bad news of the passage of Oba Yisau Bamitale Otunla who was reported to have joined his ancestors today 19th of April, 2022.
“I was devastated to hear the sudden death of our royal father who lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation before joining his ancestors. Baba was seen to be a father for all and a great agent of progressiveness and epitome of development in Ikoyi Osun, Isokan local government and Osun State by extension.
“The roles and immense contributions of our royal father will be felt and his vacuum in the areas of bringing the transformation and innovative ideas towards the betterment of the society will be forever missed.
“At this trying time of mourning our royal father, I join the multitude of the people of Isokan local government to commiserate with the entire people of Ikoyi Osun, our party leaders, the relatives, friends, families and associates over the demise of Olukoyi of Ikoyi Kingdom, Oba Yisau Bamitale Otunla.
“May God Almighty in His infinite mercy give us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of our great icon, forgive his shortcomings and make Aljanah fridous his eternal abode.”
In a similar vein, Akinyemi Ademakinwa Uthman said: “It is with rude shock I received the passing away of oba Olukoyi of Ikoyi: Oba Yisau Bamtale. My deepest condolences to the immediate family of Kabiesi, Olukoyi in Council, sons and daughters o ikoyi. May God comfort all and grant us the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
“Death come for all. Even the kings. Kabiesi Oba Yisau Bamtale, you shall be greatly missed. Rest in perfect peace Kabiesi.”
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.