Tears, gloom, mourning, tributes, blackness and sadness! All these describe Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Oyo State, as the remains of late Oyo Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, was committed to mother earth.
The late speaker who died suddenly last Friday at the age of 47 was buried in his hometown in Lanlate.
Adeyemo who represented Ibarapa East State Constituency on the platform All Progressive Congress was said to have suffered a heart attack. He died at Jericho Specialist Hospital, Ibadan.
A service of songs was held in his honour at the Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan while a special parliamentary session had been held on Thursday morning. The state Governor Abiola Ajimobi, members of the legislative and judicial arm, party chieftains, professional groups, religious leaders, students, friends and colleagues, all paid their last respect to the late Speaker.
The funeral service in open air was jointly organised by Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and First Baptist Church, Lanlate at the New Park, Lanlate, Oyo state.
At the black and tearful special plenary held in the late Speaker’s honour, words were spoken in between tears.
Governor Ajimobi described Adeyemo’s death as an occurence that has left a gaping wound that would take time to heal.
Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House, Mr Musa Abdulwasi, described Adeyemo as a true patriot who placed the progress of the state above party interests and politicking.
He said: “In the time that I have known him, we have come to form a great bond beyond mere comradeship and we had only just began our political journey together. His sudden death has cut that dream short and it has triggered many questions that are left unanswered.
“He was a fine legal practitioner who became a patriotic lawmaker, he was God fearing and a responsible son, husband and father”.
Deputy speaker of the Nigerian Conference of Speakers, Edward Ubosi described Adeyemo as a bridge builder who brought about the unity of all the South-East states.
Hon Solomon Ajanaku (APC/Ibadan South-West II) said the late speaker was a strong believer in the will of God.
Hon Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba/LP): “Adeyemo was a man of integrity and a highly refined lawmaker who rose above party differences.”
A representative of the APC, Mr Mojeed Olaoya, said that the deceased was a consummate and hardworking lawmaker whose memories would remain an evergreen to all.
The adjourned sitting held in the honour of Adeyemo was adjourned and the attendees filed past the casket of the late lawmaker.
Among those who attended the special session were a former Governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Abimbola Munta, Mr Niyi Akintola (SAN) and representatives of lawmakers in the seventh Assembly.
Speakers of Lagos, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Osun, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Delta, Kwara, Enugu, Ondo and Ogun states House of Assemblies were also in attendance.