Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 23 May 2016 | 3,653 times
Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, and former Kogi Senator Tunde Ogbeha have joined in mourning the passage of the Obaro of Kabba in Kogi State, Oba Michael Folorunsho Olobayo. Both men described his death as the loss of a quintessential royal father who lived his life for the growth of his community as well as the Okun Nation.
In separate condolence messages sent today to the Obaro Family, the Kabba Community and Kogi State Government, the duo said the late royal father was a detribalised Nigerian who cultivated friendship beyond the frontiers of Okun land.
Senator Mark said in a statement signed by his Media Assistant Paul Mumeh: “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 sorely miss him.
“He will be remembered for the development which characterised his 30-year reign as Obaro of Kabba.”
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.
He urged the children of the late Obaro to take solace in the good works their father left behind.
In his own message, Senator Ogbeha, who represented Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate from 1999 – 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 immortalise the late Obaro for his immeasurable contributions to the unity and development of the state.
News Express reports that until his demise, the late Obaro Olobayo was the Obaro of Kabba and the chairman of Okun Traditional Council of Chiefs in Kogi State.
•Photo shows late Obaro of Kabba, Oba Michael Folorunsho Olobayo.
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