The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, buried his mother, Grace Akeredolu, on Saturday at his hometown in Owo, headquarters of the Owo Local Government Area of the state.
Late Mrs Akeredolu died on September 15, 2022 at her residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. She was 90.
She was buried on Saturday after the funeral service held at St. Andrew Anglican Church, Imola, Owo.
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The ancient city of Owo was agog following the attendance of dignitaries from all walks of life.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion are the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Senator Ahmed Tinubu; the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Abiodun Oyebamiji; the Minister for State for Science And Technology, Senator Olorunmbe Mamora; and members of the Ondo State House of Assembly led by the speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
Others include former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, and his wife; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State; former Ondo Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; Chief Bisi Akande; and Senator Ibikunle Amosun among others.
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In his sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Owo Diocese, Stephen Fagbemi, charged the politicians and the political gladiators to begin their campaigns tours in hospitals.
He said, “Go to hospitals and schools and see what Nigeria is like. I encourage you to go to FMC here in Owo to campaign and see what the future holds. The poor are getting poorer. Nigeria needs a change that will ensure safety and security in villages.
“We need a government that understands economy. Life is hard in this country. Let our leaders be careful to help us move things forward. The best place to start campaign is in the hospital.”
The cleric also asked Akeredolu and his siblings to immortalise their mother because she lived a life of service to God and humanity.
In his remarks, the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd), who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the life of the mother of the Ondo governor deserved celebration.
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