One of the leading aspirants for the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo, Prince Kolade Afeez Siyanbola Ladigbolu has described the demise of the Asiwaju cum Otun of Oyo land, High Chief Moses Oyedele Ogunmola as an icon of unblemished character, passion for growth and development of Oyo empire.
Ogunmola, who was a chairman of the Old Oyo local government as well as that of the Western Nigeria Development Commission, WNDC (now Odu’a) died on Sunday, 26th of November, 2023.
In a statement released and made available to Heritage Echo News by the Frontline contender for the vacant stool of Alaafin, Prince Siyanbola admitted that High Chief Ogunmola will be greatly missed for his diplomatic knowledge, and passion for development for the Yoruba race.
He said, “On behalf of my grandfather, late Alaafin Abubakar Akanbi Adedokun Siyanbola Oladigbolu, and the full family of Agunloye ruling house of the Supreme Oyo dynasty, I, Prince Siyanbola Oladigbolu Jn express my deep sympathy to the family of chief Moses ogunmola over the loss of the icon”.
“Chief Ogunmola, the Otun of Oyo and a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo 1979-1983 was a well-respected and loyal ally of the great Oba Lamidi Adeyi the 3rd”.
The founder of Ladigbolu Grammar School passed away at the very ripe age of 95 years as a fulfilled man who enjoyed the full suspense of life.
An Oyo Prince and biological grandson of Alaafin Ladigbolu pray for the fortitude to bear the great loss of a trustworthy friend of the royal family.
The frontline contender for the vacant stool of Alaafin further advice to learn from the good life of Ogunmola who departed without denting his name and position.
“He Ogunmola was the brain behind the prestigious Ladigbolu Grammar School, Oyo.”
The verifiable history reaching us expatiate it was Dr. Ogunmola suggested that the school be named after my grandfather, Alaafinn siyanbola Oladigbolu, the theAlaafinn of Oyo between 191 and -1944.
May the gentle soul of a very fantastic selfless man (ogunmola rest in perfect peace of almighty.