Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has lamented what he called the recent persistent death of Ibadan elders following the demise of business mogul and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele.
Chief Akindele, an illustrious son of Ibadan died on Monday morning in Lagos at the age of 87.
Akindele, a successful entrepreneur and renowned industrialist in Nigeria was also the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and the Chairman of Madandola Group.
Reacting to the death of Chief Akindele barely a week after the demise of the immediate past governor of the state, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, Olubadan expressed shock and disbelief over his passing.
Oba Adetunji in a statement issued by his Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Adeola Oloko, called on “clerics and spiritual leaders irrespective of affiliations to intercede for the well-being of all our citizens, particularly our pride in Ibadanland such as the souls that have been departing slowly but steadily in recent times.”
The monarch described Chief Akindele as an astute business man and an entrepreneur of note who set up business outfits, employed hundreds and fixed destinies of otherwise hapless citizens.
The traditional ruler was quoted as saying; “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 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, etc.”
He 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.
While praying for the repose of the departed souls, Oba Adetunji called on men and women of God to stand in the gap for protection and preservation of Ibadan people at home and in Diaspora.
The Olubadan prayed to God to give Chief Akindele’s family, particularly his wives and children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.