By Sodiq Lawal
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwunsi on Sunday mourned the death of Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Late Dipo Famakinwa and Late Olumide Bakare which deaths occurred at different times and locations within a space of three days.
In a press statement signed by Comrade Moses Olafere, Director of Media and Public Affairs to Ooni, the monarch described the deceased death as a rude shock at the Royal Court of Ife when he received an unpleasant news of the death of Adeleke just two days after the lost of Famakinwa and Bakare.
According to the press release, ” Mr Dipo Famakinwa who had tirelessly worked very closely with the Ooni’s Palace, the South west state governments and other stakeholders for the much desired regional integration and development of Yoruba land through his Development Agenda For Western Nigeria known as DAWN Commission”
“A Nigerian Veteran actor, Mr Olumide Bakare popularly called “Oluwalanbe” who had also made colossal contributions to the growth of the globally recognized Nigerian film industry called “Nollywood”.
The noble efforts of these gentlemen will continue to rank them among our prides forever”
“It is thus saddening that while we were not yet out of the shock of the untimely deaths of Dipo Famakinwa and Olumide Bakare, another big tree fell, our amiable Asiwaju of Ede kingdom, a Senator of the Federal Republic His Excellency Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke who had in the past meritoriously served us as the 1st executive governor of the State of Osun”.
“This is indeed a trying period for us to have suddenly lost these three giants who were being greatly enjoyed in their various areas of calling especially at this time when they are needed most.”
However, Ooni prayed that may their souls rest in peace and may the Almighty God give their immediate familes the fortitude to bear the loses as the entire Yoruba race will miss and always remember them to have come into this world with meaningfully impacts.