Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, the Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, is dead. The Ogun first class monarch died Saturday, July 23 in London. The monarch, who was the Chairman of the Ogun State Traditional Council, was flown to London on July 17 following an illness.
According to P.M News, one of the high chiefs of Sagamu, who pleaded anonymity, said that the monarch passed away in the presence of his wife, Olori Abosede Sonariwo. “He died Saturday evening in UK where he was flown to since July 17 after a brief illness. He joined his ancestors in the presence of his Olori, Abosede, who accompanied him on the medical trip,” he stated. A reputed philanthropist, the monarch was until his demise a patron of many social clubs and societies both in Sagamu and Lagos. Oba Sonariwo, who ascended the throne on July 14, 1990, was born on July 28, 1936.
He attended St. John’s School, Aroloya, Lagos from 1941 to 1949 before he proceeded to Methodist Boys High School from 1950 to 1955. The monarch who became an orphan at the tender age of six and had dreamt of working with the Central Bank of Nigeria to become the Governor, “so that I would sign my name on the naira notes,” later travelled abroad for further studies and series of training in tax and the accounting profession.
He worked with the Inland Revenue Service before he was invited to ascend the throne of his forefathers. Another traditional ruler in Ogun state, the Olota of Ota, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Oba Moshood Alani Oyede reportedly passed on Thursday, May 26. In a statement issued by the state commissioner for information and strategy, Chief Dayo Adeneye, the OSG noted that the state would sorely miss the fatherly role of the traditional ruler.
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