Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday said he received the news of the passage of Oba Kasali Adejoro Adedeji, the Olusupare of Supare Land in Akoko Southwest, with a heavy heart.
The Governor described the late monarch as a bridge builder who loved his community and the state dearly.
In a statement made available to Journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, Governor Akeredolu commiserated with the immediate family of the late Olusupare and the entire Supare community.
The Governor said the late monarch reign was greeted with peace and progress in Supare Akoko.
“No doubt, the passage of Oba Kasali Adejoro Adedeji has created a vacuum in Supare community. He was a king that was loved and cherished by his people. His reign was peaceful.
“His commitment to the progress and development of Supare Akoko was heartwarming. He was a king that dreamt prosperity for his community. Oba Kasali Adejoro Adedeji was a great king”, the Governor said.
Governor Akeredolu prayed God to grant the late monarch eternal rest as he joined his ancestors in the world beyond.
The frontline monarch in Akoko South-West Local Government joined his ancestors at the age of 77 years. Oba Adedeji ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1994.
While confirming the demise of the Akoko monarch, one of his relations, Sanusi Adelana described his reign as very progressive to the entire community as many sons and daughters of the town were very successful.
The Olubaka of Oka who is also the chairman of Akoko Northwest Local Government, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye described his exit as very painful because of his brilliant debates and contributions at obas meetings both at local government and at the state level.
Oba Adeleye commiserated with the entire Supare Akoko community on the death of their paramount ruler.
Meanwhile a janazat service has been held for the late monarch.
During the service, the Chief Imam of Supare Akoko and the Secretary to Ondo State league of Imams and Alfas Sheik Abdulrasheed Akerele described Oba Adedeji as a practising muslim who was always regular at all Islamic programs.
He said Oba Adedeji was patron at many Islamic programmes and performed holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.