One of the Kingmakers (Oyo MESI), Alapinni of Oyoland, High Chief, Alhaji Abdul-Rasheed Shehu, is dead.
He died on Sunday morning.
The chairman of Oyo East local government confirmed the demise. The chairman in a statement said burial arrangement will come up today.
It read: “Inahilahi wahinahilai rojibuna!
“With a heavy heart, and submission to the will of Allah, the Management of Oyo East L.G regrets to announce the passing of the High Chief, the Alapinni of Oyo Land, Alh Abdul-Rasheed Shehu early this morning Sunday 18th Sept. 2022.
“Burial arrangement will come up at his residence today at 4:00 p.m
“May Almighty Allah repose his soul in aljanna fidau.”
Meanwhile, the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo central, Dr. Yunus Akintunde, has commiserated with the people of Oyo town, Oyomesi and family members over the death of the Alapinni of Oyo, High Chief Abdul-Rasheed Shehu.
AbdulRasheed, who is one of the 7 Oyomesi, kingmakers responsible for the selection of new Alaafin and assisting in the daily administration of the palace, died early Sunday morning during a brief illness.
According to the former commissioner, “we receive with the sadness the death of one of the revered High Chiefs in our dear town, Alhaji Abdul-Rasheed Shehu, the Alapinni of Oyo, who breathed his last early this morning. Though it came to us as a rude shock but it is one of those things that will happen to any human being.
“Though we are consoled he lived a good life and contributed greatly to the development of our hometown while alive, we are pained he died when we needed him most. He left at a time his wise counsel would have been useful in determining who becomes the next Alaafin after the departure of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
“We condole the people of our hometown, Oyomesi and family members over this sad occurrence. We can only pray Allah to repose his soul and grant us the fortitude to bear the loss,” Akintunde added.