The Nigeria Pillar of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike lent his voice to join other Nigerians in paying tribute to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III who joined his ancestors on Friday night, describing him as one of the greatest monarchs who towed the path of unity and one Nigeria in his lifetime.
The late Alaafin of Oyo, according to a statement by Chief Ejidike, was a detribalized king who used his position to ensure peace and love among all the tribes of Nigeria even as he accepted the revered appointment as Chancellor of Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto as well as University of Maiduguri a position he held before his passing.
Ejidike recalled his visit to the late Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III at his palace where he pledged to hold a worthy championship in his honor to unearth more budding talent in Oyo State, but the death dealt a blow hard because Alaafin never lived to watch the game. . “What attracted me to Alaafin d’Oyo was his sportsmanship; an avid sportsman who chose boxing and maintained his fitness until death. Even at 82, he was bouncy and strong. He never discriminated against any tribe or religion. He was a true and patriotic Nigerian. As one of the nation’s top monarchs, he used his exalted stool to stabilize the nation. I have great respect for his intellectual power, especially his solid knowledge of history,” recalls Ejidike.
Ejidike offered his condolences to the government and people of Oyo State; and the natives of the ancient city of Oyo, as he prayed to God to give them the courage to bear the irreparable loss.