The loss of His Royal Majesty, Dr. Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, has struck a deep and personal chord in the heart of Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. Governor Bello has expressed his profound sorrow over the passing of this esteemed monarch, describing him as not only a fatherly figure but also a trusted confidant.
In a gathering of sympathizers at the late traditional ruler’s palace in Okene, Governor Bello conveyed the magnitude of the void left behind by the departure of this revered royal figure. He lamented the loss of a wellspring of wisdom, guidance, and unwavering leadership that Dr. Ado Ibrahim had been to him and the community at large.
Having relocated to his hometown in Okene upon hearing the sad news of His Royal Majesty’s demise, Governor Bello emphasized the remarkable contributions of the late Ohinoyi, not only in his role as a traditional leader but also as an expert in conflict resolution. Dr. Ado Ibrahim was known for his distinguished scholarship in Islamic and cultural affairs, making his impact not only felt in the progress of Kogi State but throughout the entire nation.
The reign of His Royal Majesty was characterized by peace, security, economic prosperity, and development in Ebiraland. His invaluable contributions played a pivotal role in ensuring stability in successive administrations in Kogi State. His legacy of peace and security in Ebiraland and Kogi State is an enduring testament to his leadership.
Governor Bello called upon the people of Ebiraland and beyond to offer their prayers for the peaceful repose of the late monarch’s soul. He extended his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of Dr. Ado Ibrahim, encouraging them to find solace in the remarkable and fulfilling life he led during his time on Earth.
Prince Nazi Ado Ibrahim, the eldest son of the late traditional ruler, also expressed gratitude for Governor Yahaya Bello’s unwavering support and invaluable contributions during the funeral preparations. He emphasized that his father had led a fulfilling and impactful life, leaving an indelible mark on the community.
Colonel Aminu Ado Ibrahim, in a vote of thanks, encouraged the people of Ebiraland to uphold the legacy of peace, unity, and progress that prevailed during his father’s reign. He also expressed his appreciation to Governor Yahaya Bello for his unwavering support to the family throughout this challenging time.
Dr. Ado Ibrahim, born on February 7, 1929, was a distinguished scholar, economist, and the fourth traditional ruler and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland. His international education and strong foundation in Islamic knowledge were reflected in his academic achievements, including a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Master’s degrees from Harvard Business School. His Royal Majesty passed away at the age of 94 on October 29, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of wisdom, leadership, and peace that will be remembered for generations to come.