The Private Secretary in the palace of Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Toyin Ajamu, has hinted that plans are on the way to preserve the body of a 344 years old tortoise in the palace for historical purpose.
The tortoise, the oldest in Africa and popularly known as Alagba passed on Thursday after living for close to three and half centuries.
The tortoise reportedly took ill a few days before her demise.
The tortoise became a popular breed upon ascension to the throne of the current Paramount ruler with the monarch providing good shelter and health support for the tortoise during its sojourn on earth.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune, Ajamu, stressed that the tortoise, which attracted people from all walks of life from Nigeria and abroad, will be greatly missed not only by the palace household but everyone who came in contact with Alagba during her lifetime.
“Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries. The tortoise played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past. Alagba became popular because Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Soun of ogbomosoland, used his personal resources to cater for her well being.
“The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment. Often times, Kabiyesi shared great moments with Alagba. On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different part of the world. The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passing,“ he said.