By Bisi Oladele, Yinka Adeniran and Segun Showunmi, Ibadan
Kano Governor Umar Ganduje; his Ekiti State counterpart Kayode Fayemi; Oyo Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan; his Lagos State counterpart Obafemi Hamzat and Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa have been amongst dignitaries that paid final respects to former Oyo Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Sunday.
Ajimobi died of COVID-19 problems at a personal hospital in Lagos on Thursday.
He was buried privately in his Oluyole, Ibadan residence amid sobs by youngsters and relations.
His stays have been interred at about 10:00 am after the Chief Imam of Ibadanland Sheik Ajigbotomokekere led prayers for repose of his soul.
A public prayer session later held on the Abiola Ajimobi Mosque, Oke-Ado the place famend Islamic preacher Alh. Muyideen Bello, led different clergymen to offer a short sermon.
Bello extolled the virtues of the late former governor, stressing despite the calls for of his workplace, he gave sufficient time for l God and supported Islam in each means he may.
He stated: “Ajimobi lived nicely. He additionally promoted Islam. The truth is, I can pray God to assist the entire residing to additionally reside nicely like him.
“On the inception of his governorship place, we had an argument over the mosque situated behind his workplace. We agreed that authorities doesn’t often fulfill its guarantees on mosques.
“Then he stated he wished to construct a mosque. Thank God we’re in that mosque which he constructed at present.”
Bello stated Ajimobi’s exploits and dying already introduced a prolonged sermon for the residing.
The cleric recalled certainly one of his final interactions with Ajimobi when he invited him to chair an Islamic lecture in his capability as Abiola Ajimobi, not a politician or former governor.
“After I requested him to deal with the viewers that day, what he stated was instructive. He stated he desired lengthy life as a result of his father died shortly earlier than age 70.
“He added that although lengthy life is fascinating, as soon as one is blessed with the flexibility to attain one’s desires in life, it’s a factor of pleasure. He expressed his want to reside until age 90.
“This dying that each human runs away from, a day is coming when we will all encounter it the place we cannot escape. What are we going to be remembered for?”
On the prayer session have been Ganduje, Olaniyan, Hamzat, Obasa, Ajimobi’s deputy Chief Moses Adeyemo, Chief Bayo Adelabu and Sen. Teslim Folarin.
They have been joined by Ajimobi’s son and a few relations.
In an interview with reporters, Obasa stated Ajimobi’s ties with Lagos political neighborhood have been robust having proved to be a loyal occasion man.
He stated: “He was a loyalist who by no means forgot his benefactor. That’s the reason Lagos political household will proceed to determine together with his household and legacies.
“The sort of growth he launched in Oyo State fetched him the sobriquet ‘Koseleri.’ He served the occasion wholeheartedly.
“That was additionally the explanation he was nominated and supported because the Deputy Nationwide Chairman (South) and Performing Nationwide Chairman of our occasion.”