The Oyo State Government has declared a three-day mourning period in honour of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adesina Olusegun Adeyemo, who died early Friday morning at the age of 47.
The mourning period starts from Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2, 2018. During the period, flags willbe flown at half mast according to the governor’s directive.
Governor Ajimobi terminated an official assignment outside the state on heading the sad news and visited the Anatomy Department of the University of Ibadan where the late Speaker’s remains were kept.
Ajimobi described the death as a tragic loss for him and the people of the state.
His words: “I received the news of the untimely passage of my brother, friend and dependable political ally, with grief and utter shock, this morning (Friday).
“He was a fine gentleman and bridge builder, who was committed to the development and progress of the state. His death has left a gaping void that will be difficult to fill,” he said.
As the leader of the legislative arm of government, with members from different political parties, the governor said that Adeyemo ensured that the relationship with the Executive was very robust.
The governor said: “He was an energetic young man that was always prepared to sacrifice his time, expertise and resources to ensure that the relationship between the Executive and Legislature did not break down at any time, no matter how thorny the issue might be. He was my bridge builder.
“Political leaders from Ibarapa zone deferred to him because of his candour, gentleness, respect and his amiable disposition to all, young and old. He was a rallying point for the Assembly leaders, who held him in high esteem because of his unassuming nature.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, honorable members of the House of Assembly, his political associates, friends and loved ones. This is a loss too sudden and tragic for me to bear. My prayer is that his very gentle soul should continue to rest in peace. I will sorely miss him.”