Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, has received condemnations from both political, and traditional circles, for failing to attend the eighth day Firdaus prayers of late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji
Information gathered revealed that, Gov. Makinde, who had been out of the state for some weeks earlier, returned back to Ibadan, the state capital, before the eighth day Firdaus prayers, but failed to attend the event.
Although the reason(s) for the seating Governor’s action is not known, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Bayo Lawal, who represented Makinde at the occasion, declined comments on why his boss was absent at the prayer session.
Ever since the incident, Oyo state indigenes, and residents, have been criticising the Governor’s action for failing to show his presence at the eighth day prayer, and for failing to pay a condolence visit to the family of the late Olubadan.
Similarly, Gov. Seyi Makinde was also backlashed for refusing to visit the families of two other late monarchs – Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, and the Asigangan of Iganganland, Oba Abdle-Azeez Adeoye, who died in the state.
The eighth day prayer, held at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan, witnessed the presence of some dignitaries; among whom were: former Governor of Oyo state, Rasidi Ladoja; the senator representing Oyo Central, Sen. Teslim Folarin; the Oyo state 2019 All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate, Bayo Adelabu; the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola; among other eminent personalities.