ADO-EKITI – The death of Oluyin of Iyin- Ekiti, HRM. Oba Ademola Ajakaiye, Oyinyosaiye Uyin II, which broke out on Friday afternoon as a rumour, has been confirmed Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Fayemi, in his condolence message, described the passage of the monarch, who reportedly died at a Lagos hospital of an undisclosed illness, as a huge loss to the state.
Oba Ajakaiye, the 17th Oluyin, was the pioneer Chief Judge of Ekiti State and former administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja.
Fayemi, who received the news of the Oba’s passage from the royal family, expressed his condolences to the family, the people of Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government and the entire citizens of Ekiti State.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the governor said that the state had lost one of its most cerebral and colourful royal fathers, who combined brilliance with admirable traditional flamboyance.
Fayemi, who described the late monarch as a successful lawyer and respected bencher during his stint in the legal profession, said the late Oluyin was ever willing to avail the government his wise counsel on issues of development and social justice.
He also observed that in spite of the late monarch’s commitment to Christianity, the rich, cultural heritage of the ancient town flourished under his leadership, the same way Iyin-Ekiti witnessed unprecedented level of development, peace and prosperity during his reign.