A senior wife to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Saliu Adetunji, identified as Kudirat Aduke, is dead.
Ms. Aduke died in the early hours of Thursday, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.
A statement by the Director , Media and Publicity to the Olubadan, Adeola Oloko , said that the late queen died in the early hours of the day at the age of 71.
“The Olori passed away in the early hours of Thursday December 21 , 2017. Until her death, she was the Iyaloja of Bolade , Oshodi Market , Lagos,” the statement said.
“She will be buried today (Thursday) at the Popoyemoja , Ibadan palace of Olubadan of Ibadanland at 4 p.m. according to Muslim rites .
“She is survived by her husband , many children and grandchildren.”
The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, in a condolence message said that the demise of the queen was unfortunate and disheartening.
Mr. Ajimobi, who said that he received the sad news with shock and disbelief, described the incident as a big loss, not only to the Olubadan but also, to the entire people of the ancient city.
“I am greatly saddened by the passing away of Olori Kudirah. It is very unfortunate and disheartening, especially because we were still together with Kabiyesi and the royal retinue at the Chief of Army Staff conference, held in Ibadan, last week,” he said.
“Her death is indeed a big loss, not only to our father, the Olubadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, but also, to the entire people of Ibadanland. May the Almighty grant Kabiyesi, Mama’s children and loved ones the fortitude to bear this great loss.
“I enjoin the good people of Oyo State to join me in praying for the repose of her gentle soul and may Allah grant her the highest place in Jannah.”