Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior and former governor of Osun state, has ‘immortalised’ the memories of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the late Ooni of Ife who also served as the governor of Nigeria’s old western region.
Aregbesola rained praises on late Oba Aderemi, saying “memory of him has continued to be sweet, melodious and good. He was born in 1889 into a unique milieu in history. The Yoruba nation had just emerged from a ruinous civil war and in the throes of colonialism. It was also an era of the spread of Western education.”
— Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) July 5, 2020
Ogbeni Aregbesola continued: “He was the first educated person to be crowned king in Ife and perhaps the youngest among his contemporaries. Fate therefore positioned him to play a critical role in the emerging world of transition from the ancient to modernity, not just in Ife, but throughout the West”.
The late Ooni of Ife was the first and only educated Yoruba monarch to mount the royal stool and also rule as Nigerian governor.
The monarch was also celebrated for his philosophical wisdom and his academic success.
Oba Aderemi was a knowledgeable king who did not mix political rulership with kingship. He said this helped him immensely as he contributed magnanimously towards the development of education in Nigeria alongside Cheif Obafemi Awolowo.