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President Muhammadu Buhari celebrates Ooni Aderemi 40 years after death — How the royal father’s compassion saved a first republic politician from being jailed


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Pix: Secretary of the Colonies, UK Sir Oliver Lyttlelton, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Ooni Adesoji Aderemi Ooni Sir Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi;  first Ceremonial governor, Western Region, Nigeria – How his uncommon compassion saved a First Republic politician from being jailed by the royal father Today, President Muhammadu Buhari paid glowing tribute to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the foremost monarch. A letter from President Muhammadu Buhari to the family of the departed reads:  “It gives me a deep sense of pleasure and fulfillment to do this brief tribute in memory of the illustrious Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, who reigned between 1930 and 1980. “On this 40th Remembrance Anniversary of the great man, the country recalls the imprints of a foremost Nationalist, very successful businessman, former Governor, Western Region (1960-1962), and traditional ruler, on the sands of time.’’ Mr. President continued: “To the benefit of his memory, Ooni Aderemi built schools, dispensaries, churches, museums, and attracted the establishment in his domain of waterworks, electricity projects, and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). “It is also on record that the respected monarch was a Member, Legislative Council of Nigeria (1946-1951); Delegate, African Conference, London (1948); President, Western House of Chiefs (1952-1960); Member, Federal House of Representatives/Minister (1952-1954); led Nigeria’s delegation to Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (1953); and Member, Nigeria Constitutional Conferences (1953-1958). “As the family remembers this awesome personality, knighted twice by the Queen of England, it gladdens the heart that his memory remains evergreen. Please, keep this alive, for the guidance and inspiration of the current and subsequent generations. “May God give us more illustrious people in the mould of Ooni Adesoji Aderemi. Amen.” Tribute — Oba Sir Titus Martins Adesoji Tadeniawo Aderemi (Atobatele I) KCMG Ooni Adesoji Aderemi, fondly addressed as Atobatele was an immensely successful businessman before ascending the throne of the origin of the Yoruba race. His clout was unmatched in rulership in his region, where he was deeply respected as a foremost royal father who very successfully promoted peaceful and harmonious relationships not only in his domain, Ile-Ife and environs, but also in Yorubaland.  But much more importantly, he was highly regarded as a highly urbane royal father who was very considerate and compassionate. OBA ADESOJI ADEREMI WAS A FATHER FIGURE — MY ENCOUNTER WITH OONI ADESOJI ADEREMI –…

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