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Just in: Minister, lawmakers, others lay Ajimobi to rest amid eulogies

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

After much controversy over Oyo State former Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, final resting place, Ministers, lawmakers and other top politicians joined family members to lay the remains of ex-governor to rest.

Ajimobi was buried at his Oluyole residence in Ibadan at 10:05am, on Sunday in accordance with Islamic rites and was attended by about 20 people, in line with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on social distancing in the country.
The burial ceremony of Ajimobi, who was All Progressives Congress (APC) former vice chairman before President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, came barely three days after he was pronounced dead by medical experts.

Ajimobi, according to Lagos State Government, died of complications after contracting coronavirus and placed on admission at a private hospital to facilitate the deceased recovery in the state.

Rather than the 12 noon earlier announced by the family, which was a decoy to prevent crowd, the deceased was laid to rest and the Chief Imam of Ibadan Sheikh Abdul-Ganiyu Agbotomokekere, who led the Islamic prayers, offered repose for the soul of the former lawmaker.

Among the dignitaries that thronged the state for the burial were minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, a member of House Representative, Shina Peller and others.
Eulogizing the deceased, former deputy governor, Moses Alake, described Ajimobi as intelligent man that served the country deligently in different capacities.

Alake, who served as Ajimobi’s deputy, said: “Everyone know that he is an intelligent man and not only his family will miss him, the entire country will continue to remember him for his contribution towards Nigeria’s development.

“Even in Oyo State, you will remember that when we assumed office, everyone knew that security of lives and property was a major challenge and after assuming office, we set up a security team that addressed the state challenges”, he added.

While noting that Ajimobi likes standard and that was what distinguished him from other governors, the former deputy governor argued that the infrastructures built by the deceased while in office would serve Oyo residents for many years to come.

“The roads constructed under Ajimobi administration will serve Oyo residents for another 20 years without the need for repairs works. He was a very strict leader and would be remembers for his policies and programme that brought development to the state.

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