The hometown of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu went agog today with dignitaries coming from all walks of life to grace the burial of his mother, Grace Akeredolu.
Late Mrs Akeredolu was reported to have died on September 15, 2022, at her residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The 90, year-old late Mrs, Akeredolu was today buried in Owo, in the Owo local government area of the state.
Top leadership and governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) honoured the Ondo state governor at the funeral service of his mother held at St. Andrew Anglican Church, Imola in Owo.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion are the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, the Ekiti State Governor, Abiodun Oyebanji; the Minister for State for Science And Technology, 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, Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Chief Bisi Akande; and Ibikunle Amosun among others.
President Mohammadu Buhari who was represented by his vice Yemi Osinbajo, said “Today is a day of great joy. We have reached where we must celebrate one of the greatest legacies. It is a time to celebrate Mama because of her great deeds. The life of Grace Akeredolu is a life worthy of celebration.
“She lost her husband at the age of 50 and lived up to 90. She brought up her children. She made a great effort at raising four boys.
“She did very well indeed. We must thank God because not only did she bring up her children well but all of them are successful.
“What we must celebrate most is her service to God and mankind. We celebrate the life of a great woman; a woman who served God well and her community.”
Tinubu in his remark said “Thank God we are alive. There might be weaknesses and inadequacies in expectations. No one wants failure. You cannot give up on us. We will do better.
“We will contribute to the improvement you might want. Mama has given us the grace of the day that she will not be the one to bury us. She had the greatest legacy of a life full of achievements.”
Naija News also learnt that the Anglican Bishop of Owo Diocese, Stephen Fagbemi, in his sermon told politicians to include hospital tours in their campaign activities.
Fagbemi, urged Akeredolu and his siblings to immortalise their mother because she lived a life of service to God and humanity.
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 the economy. Life is hard in this country. Let our leaders be careful to help us move things forward. The best place to start the campaign is in the hospital.”
Akeredolu, while responding to Fagbemi said “We have listened to your sermon. It was wonderful listening to the sermon. I will not contend with you but I know as politicians, we are doing our best. It might not be good for everybody.
“You should also say the things we have done. Continue to pray for us so that we will do our best. We will look at it. It is not that we are not trying. We have our shortcomings.
“We have crops of politicians in the South-West that we can be very proud of. Not all of us shall die. We shall be here when Christ shall come.”