By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—A prominent traditional ruler in Sagamu, the Ewusi of Makun, Oba Timothy Akinsanya yesterday said that the Remo traditional Council needs eight thousand British Pounds to fly the remains of late Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he died on Saturday.
The monarch, who spoke on phone yesterday said the council has sent a representative to Ogun State government to assist the council with the expenses.
Oba Akinsanya said he had confirmed the death of the monarch through one of his wives who was with him in the UK where he had been flown since July 17 during his brief illness.
Ewusi said: “We have delegated the Asiwaju of Remoland to meet with the governor in a bid to help us out off-set the eight thousand pounds expenses to bring the monarch back home.
“We are really waiting for the government to assist us now .The earlier we get the government assistance the better.”
Speaking further, the Ewusi said the passage rites for the departed monarch could not start while the body was still in the UK.
Akarigbo, who was until his death chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas, died at the age of 80.
The accountant-turned monarch, who ascended the throne on July 14, 1990 joined his ancestors Saturday evening in the United Kingdom where he was flown to on July 17 after a brief illness.
Oba Sonariwo, born on July 28, 1936, became the Akarigbo in July and also died in July in the presence of his wife, Olori Abosede.
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko said the government was still waiting for official confirmation from the Remo Traditional Council.
Ojuko who spoke on phone further said that he learnt that the council met on Sunday and they are meeting today (Monday ).