By Henry Umoru & Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, former Senate President, Senator David Mark and Senator Tunde Ogbeha, have commiserated with Okun people over the demise on Saturday, of the Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Olobayo,
In separate messages, the trio described the passage of the Obaro, who until his death was the Chairman of the Okun Traditional Council, as a great loss to the Okun nation as well as Nigeria as a country.
Governor Bello, who expressed shock over the demise of the first class traditional ruler, described his death as an irreparable loss to the people of Kogi State and the nation at large.
The Governor who also described the departed royal father as an invaluable light of the government, said the shoes left behind by the late Oba Olobayo would be too large for anyone to wear.
According to him: “I hail the sterling contributions of the departed hero to the socio-economic development of the state and especially, his reign of peace and pragmatic leadership which endeared him to the people.”
He called on the people of the state to remain calm and ensure that the peace the departed monarch died for was not breached, pledging the support of the state government to the people at this critical stage of their cultural history.
“The present generation of Kogi people must learn from the leadership qualities of the late Oba as a selfless, patriotic, detribalized and industrious royal father who will be remembered for uniting his people during critical periods”, he added.
Similarly, Senator David Mark and Senator Ogbeha described the late Obaro as a quintessential royal father who lived his life for the growth of his community as well as the Okun Nation.
In condolence messages to the Obaro Family, the Kabba Community and Kogi State government, both Senators Mark and Ogbeha, said the royal father was a detribalized Nigerian who cultivated friendship beyond the frontiers of Okun land.
Specifically, Senator Mark said, “Kabiyesi in humility built friendship far beyond the shores of Okun. He was a brother, friend and committed patriot who sought the best for his people.He was an embodiment of peace and preached this to everyone who came his way during his lifetime. We shall miss him. He will be remembered for the development which characterized his 30 year reign as Obaro of Kabba.”
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark urged the people of Kabba and Okun Nation in general to uphold the legacies of peace, unity and unwavering commitment to development which the late royal father stood for .
Senator Ogbeha who represented Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate from 1999 – 2003 and 2003 – 2007 noted that the late Obaro Olobayo was a pillar of support during his electioneering days.
He said that the people of Kogi state will miss the wise counsel of the late Obaro who was always handy especially during trying times.
Senator Ogbeha enjoined the government of Kogi State to immortalize the late Obaro for his immeasurable contributions to the unity and development of the state.