The House of Representatives on Thursday described late Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III, the Oba of Owo Kingdom as “a traditional icon with outstanding leadership qualities”.
The lawmakers made the assertion at plenary while paying tribute to the traditional leader who died on April 17, 2019 at 77.
The attention of the lower chamber was drawn to the royal father’s demise by Hon. Bode Ayorinde.
Ayorinde said the late Oba was born of the Royal family of Sir Olateru Olagbegi II on June 26, 1941 in the ancient city of Owo and of the Elewokun Ruling House in Owo.
The lawmaker also said the late Oba, attended Government Primary School, Owo between 1947 and 1954, after which he attended Imade College, Owo from 1955 to 1960.
He maintained that the then influential monarch was sent to England by his father for further Education at Poole College and further studied law at the Holborn College before returning to Nigeria.
He said the late monarch began his legal practice in 1969 under the late Chief Rotimi Williams from where he joined the Nigerian Law School as a lecturer in 1975.
He said: “The Oba ascended the throne of his fathers as the Olowo of Owo kingdom on February 21, 1999, as a first class Oba and a paramount ruler.
“Like most great leaders, his ascendancy to the throne was not without challenges.”
Lawmakers took turns to make various tribute to the Oba.
Hon. Simon Arabo said that the monarch taught them in the Nigerian law school 1985-1986, adding he read about the demise in newspapers: “I give my tribute to him and I salute the people of Owo”.
Also, Hon. Joseph Akinlaja said the late Oba took over the throne during the crisis era and was able to manage the political activities in the state.
The lawmaker added that the late monarch also played a role that brought peace to the state.
Akinlaja said: “We are going to miss him greatly, especially his political status. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Hon. Lawal Abubakar said the late Oba also taught him in law school and loved his students.
Abubakar said: “I join my colleagues to saym`may his gentleman soul rest in peace.”
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the session said that the late Oba was a great man before he ascended the throne.
Dogara said: “We will continue to reclaim part of that greatness that he deposited in us.
“He will definitely be missed as he was no doubt a great man. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”