Makinde pays condolence visit to Aseyin’s family, promises state burial
Says I won’t abandon what he left behind
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiyu Adekunle Salau, stating that the late monarch loved and worked for Iseyin’s development with all his might.
Makinde, who spoke at the Aseyin’s palace, said that the state government would give the late monarch a befitting burial.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor said that Oba Salau’s death was a personal loss to him, as he was a partner in the progress and development of the state.
According to the governor, Oba Salau left a good legacy and did wonderfully well for the development of Iseyinland and Oyo State in general.
He pledged his continuous support and assistance to the children and widows of the late monarch, stating that whether or not he is in office as governor, he would ensure that the monarch’s family members are taken care of as a personal friend of the late Aseyin.
He said: “I greet the entire people of Iseyin and Oyo State on the transition of our Kabiyesi, the Aseyin of Iseyin.
“A lot of people may not know that Kabiyesi and I were very close. In my assessment of him, I know he loves Iseyin more than anyone can imagine.”
“When we were still thinking about the Iseyin-Ogbomoso road project and its economic benefits, I called Kabiyesi’s attention to it. I made him know we had critics, who would criticise the economic benefits of the road. But Kabiyesi told me that his forefathers passed through that road to founding Iseyin and that if it does not have economic benefits, it definitely has historical and cultural benefits to the Iseyin people.
“Secondly, less than two days before Kabiyesi passed on, the document for the land where LAUTECH was situated was given to Baba on the sick bed and he signed it. The document was sent back to LAUTECH, the Pro-Chancellor and his team then went through it and noticed an error, which was corrected and returned to Kabiyesi in the hospital. Baba signed it less than 24 hours before he joined his ancestors.”
IN his welcome address, the Ikolaba of Iseyinland, High Chief Ismail Omotoso, thanked Makinde for his financial and moral support for Oba Salau when he was on the sick bed.
He added that the governor did everything possible to keep the Kabiyesi alive, but that it pleased God to take him, stating that the entire people of Iseyin were grateful to Makinde and the Oyo State government.
He said: “On behalf of the chiefs and people of Iseyin, I welcome Your Excellency and entourage to Iseyinland.
“The people of Iseyin would have me appreciate you for everything you did when Kabiyesi was ailing. You tried your best to keep him alive but it pleased God to take him and there was nothing we could do.
“Your Excellency, the people of Iseyin are grateful for everything you have been doing; every positive development we expected for many years has come to us through you.
“I want to assure you on behalf of the people of Iseyin that the votes you recorded in the 2019 election will be a child’s play besides what you will get in 2023.”