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Omu-Aran Loses Monarch, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye passes on at 64

The ancient traditional ruler of Omu Aran, capital of Irepodun LocalvGivernment of kwara State, His Royal Majesty, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye, Olomu of Omu-Aran, (Adogbajale bi ileke 11) has passed on at the age of 64.

Oba Ibitoye who passed on after a brief illness on Friday, December 1, 2017 was until his demise, a First Class Monarch in Kwara State and an active member of the Kwara State Council of Traditional Rulers.

He was a civil servant with the Kwara State Board of Internal Revenue (1980-1993) where he heads the tax unit until he became the Olomu of Omu-Aran on May 9, 1993 when his appointment was approved by the then Executive Governor of the State,  Alhaji Mohammed Sha’aba Lafiaji (now, a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria)  after his unanimous choice by the kingmakers in Omu-Aran and the blessings of the generality of the people of the town.

The soft-spoken Monarch, Ibitoye would be remembered as an advocate and practitioner of peace and development.

Oba Ibitoye, the departed Monarch was born on October 28, 1954 by Chief Olarewaju Ibitoye and Mrs. Rachael Ayodele Ibitoye (both of blessed memory) of Ikoja compound, Omu-Aran, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
A graduate of Business Administration from the prestigious University of Lagos (1975-1978), Kwara State College of Technology, School of Basic Studies, Ilorin (1973-1975) where he did his General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level, Offa Grammar School, Offa, Kwara State (1968-1972) where he did his West African School Certificate, Ordinary Level and Sudan Interior Mission (SIM)/Evangelical Church Missionary (ECWA) Primary School, Omu-Aran (1960-1968) where he did his elementary/primary education.

A devout  Christian of the Anglican denomination, he has served the Omu-Aran community, Kwara State and humanity in various capacity.

His passage coincided with the internment arrangement in Omu-Aran of his second in command, the late Eesa of Omu-Aran, Chief, Prof. Samuel Oyin Abogunrin who hailed from Oke-Esa compound, Omu-Aran.

Meanwhile, the Governor of kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has described the death of the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye, as a colossal loss to the entire people of the state. 

The governor in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, disclosed that the late Oba Ibitoye was one of the finest and highly respected monarchs who has contributed immensely to the peaceful co-existence of the people of the state. According to the governor, Oba Ibiwoye made enormous sacrifices for the continued unity of the entire Igbomina race through his outstanding wealth of experience, unique leadership styles as well as genuine passion for the empowerment of his people.

Dr Ahmed commiserated with the Kwara State Traditional Council under the chairmanship of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the people of Omu-Aran community as well as the entire people of Kwara State on the death of the monarch, and prayed God to grant the late monarch eternal rest and give his families, friends, associates and the entire Igbomina race the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 

 

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