First class Kogi monarch, Ado Ibrahim dies at 94, Tinubu mourns


President Bola Tinubu expressed his condolences to the government and people of Kogi State following the death of the beloved traditional ruler, His Majesty, Dr Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, on Sunday.

Tinubu said the death of the Ohinoyi was a devastating loss in a statement issued by his Special Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale.

The president described the late traditional ruler as peace-loving, affable, and cerebral.

” The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland was in a class of his own. He was highly respected and admired for his deep insights, wisdom, and sophistication.

” He had a masterful way of handling issues. He was very knowledgeable and wise.

” May Almighty Allah grant His Majesty Aljannah Firdaus,” the president prayed.

Tinubu asked the good people of Kogi to take solace in the legacy of peace and fellowship left behind by the late traditional ruler.

The deceased monarch assumed the office of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in 1997 after the death of the former Ohinoyi, Sanni Omolori.

Ibrahim attended Ondo Boys High School and Oduduwa College for his secondary education.

He obtained a B.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1954 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959.

In December 2022, Ibrahim was issued a query by the Kogi state government over his alleged refusal to welcome former President Muhammadu Buhari during the latter’s visit to the state.

The state government had said the late traditional ruler’s action was “deliberate” and capable of bringing Kogi to “grave disrepute”.

In response, the late monarch denied deliberately missing the event, saying he was “kept in the dark” about the arrangements.

On the day of Buhari’s visit, an explosion occurred at a mosque near the Ohinoyi’s palace.

The monarch said he was attending to the victims of the explosion when he was informed that Buhari was in town.



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