Oba Olufemi Ogunleye joins his ancestors ...Owu traditional Council announces passage ...Obasanjo describes demise as shocking - The People's Voice

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Oba Olufemi Ogunleye joins his ancestors ...Owu traditional Council announces passage ...Obasanjo describes demise as shocking


By Oluwanifemi Idowu

Former President,  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the passing of the traditional ruler of Akinale Town, Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta Ogun State, His Royal Highness Oba (Dr.) Olufemi Okesooto Iyanda Adewunmi Ogunleye, Towulade 1 as shocking and a great loss to the entire Owu land, Ogun State and the country in general. 

The disclosure came, even as the Owu Traditional Council formally announced the demise of the late erudite journalist and public relations guru on Thursday 20th June, 2024, in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. 

Oba Ogunleye died yesterday, Wednesday , 19th June, in the United Kingdom after a brief illness at age 79. He's expected to be 80 in September 2024.

Obasanjo, in a reaction by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, said the news of Oba Ogunleye was shocking, having informed him about his travelling some weeks back in high spirit.

The former President who is in South Africa for the second term inauguration ceremony of President Ramaphosa said the people of Owu, Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole would miss him for his resourcefulness and promotion of cultural heritage of his homestead.

The Owu Traditional Council, in a statement by the Oganla Owu, Chief Johnson Olu Fatoki, formally announced the passage of Oba Ogunleye, declaring that the Council had missed one of the erudite monarchs in Owu Kingdom. He described Oba Ogunleye as "a peace loving, a progressive and bridge builder."

Late Oba Ogunleye is survived by his wife, Olori Olanike Ogunleye, children and grandchildren, among whom is Mr. Bamidele Ogunleye of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Abeokuta.

Burial arrangements to be announced by the family.

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