Kogi Monarch Passes On At 75

Kogi Monarch Passes On At 75
Oba Jacob  Mejedi, the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere Amuro

Oba Jacob Mejedi, the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere Amuro in Mopa Muro area of Kogi State has passed on at 75.

Concise News reports that the President of Orokere Welfare Association (OWA), Pastor Moses Anjorin, confirmed the death of the monarch in a statement on Monday.

Anjorin said that Mejedi died in his palace on 14 July after a brief illness.

”With deep sorrow and a heart filled with grief, we announce the demise of the Ajugbonjagun of Orokere Amuro, Oba Jacob Ajayi Mejedi, whose sad event occurred in the evening of July 14,” his statement read.

”I want to use this medium to thank everyone who had in one way or the other supported us during his brief illness; though not made public.

”You have done your best to save his life, I but it pleases His maker to call him home. We should console ourselves and think a way forward for our community.

”His reign for 14 years has really brought relative peace and development, and his wealth of experiences has brought to bare in governing the affairs of the community.

”It is on this note, I on behalf of the entire OWA executives and the good people of the land declare seven-day mourning for our departed king.”

Mejedi ascended the throne of Orokere stool on Aug 20, 2005.

Meanwhile, in his condolence message, a former lawmaker Commodore Folusho Daniel (rtd) said the monarch’s death was ”one death too many for all the sons and daughters of Orokere at home and in Diaspora.”

He said the late monarch was a self-made man who, through personal efforts, self-determination and faith in God, struggled through life to rise from grass to grace.

“When the righteous reigns, the people rejoice; such is the description of the reign of the revered monarch,” he said.

”His reign transformed Orokere from a rural setting to a modern one; witnessed huge infrastructure development, social integration, peace and tranquillity.

He came, saw and he conquered.”

Also, a member representing Mopa Muro Constituency in Kogi House of Assembly Demola Bello described the late monarch as intelligent.

He said, ”As a politician that had many encounter with the royal father, I saw in him,an all-around intelligent man, educated, honest in his opinions and a man who loved his subjects and community with undiluted passion. He had a peaceful reign.

”Oba Mejedi would surely be remembered for the good work and legacies of a principled life of honesty.

”I wish the family and the entire Orokere Amuro community the fortitude to bear this loss.”

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