The passing of Oba Elijah Olorunnisola, the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti in Ekiti-West Local Government Area, at the age of 97, has been met with grief by the Ekiti State Government. Governor Biodun Oyebanji, a native of the community, praised the monarch’s 33-year reign as peaceful and progressive.
The state’s deputy governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, conveyed the government’s condolences during a visit to the Onikogosi’s Palace in Ikogosi, noting that Oyebanji was unable to attend due to official engagements outside the state. Afuye offered sympathies to Oyebanji and members of the Onikogosi-in-council on the monarch’s passing.
While the Yoruba culture doesn’t typically mourn Kabiyesis (monarchs), Oba Olorunnisola’s love for peace and progress meant that his departure was felt by all. Afuye called for calmness and reflection, emphasizing that the monarch had served his community meritoriously and deserved rest. She urged the people to pray for the land’s progress and development, to celebrate the rare privilege of Oba Olorunnisola’s long reign, and to pray for a peaceful ascension onto the vacant stool.
The monarch’s widow, Olori Funmilayo Olorunnisola, expressed gratitude for the state government’s empathy and concern during this difficult time. The passing of a monarch is a solemn occasion, but the Ekiti State Government is committed to maintaining peace and promoting progress in Ikogosi Ekiti, in honor of Oba Elijah Olorunnisola’s legacy