Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state is saddened over the death of a member of the Olubadan-in-Council, the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Olufemi Olaifa.
Olaifa died in the late hours of Thursday at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
In a statement issued by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi described Olaifa’s death as shocking and depressing.
Ajimobi said: “I received the news of the passing away of High Chief Femi Olaifa with shock. I am greatly saddened and devastated by this unfortunate incident. He will be sorely missed.
“Chief Olaifa was bubbling with life when he and other members of the Olubadan-in-Council came to my office on a courtesy visit last Monday. There was no sign that I was seeing this ebullient and patriotic Ibadan leader for the last time.
“He was a consummate and highly revered royalty who played an active role at a meeting between the Olubadan-in-Council and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters on Wednesday.
“His death is a personal loss to me, because he was an ardent supporter of our administration since inception. He was always offering useful advice; all of which have contributed immensely to the modest achievements we have recorded so far.”
The deceased would have been crowned as an Oba on Sunday (today) alongside other members of the council, who were recently elevated from high chiefs to beaded-crown wearing traditional rulers.