Senator Abiola Ajimobi
By Tunde Sanni in Ibadan
It was a roll call of dignitaries yesterday at the eighth day fidau ceremony of the departed former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina.
The host governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, was joined by leading figures in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which included all the governors in the states controlled by the party and is national leaders which included former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, and the national chairman of the party, Bisi Akande.
Speaking at the occasion, Ajimobi remarked that Adesina suffered in life even though he did not suffer in vain because he became governor, ACN leader and became the father of many political sons and daughters.
On the immortalisation of the former governor, the governor said any student who passes entrance examination, would enjoy Lam Adesina Education Endowment scholarship.
He said the scholarship endowment was initiated because Adesina loved education and cherished brilliant children.
The governor who said no honour done to the departed former governor was too much in view of his immense contribution to the growth and development of the state, pointed out that government would do a lot of things to immortalise the him.
“I can say authoritatively as a former student of Alhaji Lam Adesina that he loved education to a fault. During his lifetime, he gave scholarships to several students to avail them the opportunity of having access to education and attain their potential.”
“Everybody can see that life after the death of Alhaji Lam was blissful and beautiful. There were some that had died but their lives after death was another,” he said.
The officiating cleric at the ceremony, Sheikh Muhiydeen Ajani Bello, tasked the governor to name a school after the departed party leader, a request which Ajimobi described as prophetic.
The cleric argued that when Adesina was a teacher, a Principal, and reading newspapers free of charge, Adesina was poor until he became governor. “When he was seated and ready to be enjoying the largesse of politics was when Allah said he should stop and come back home. Money could not save the situation for him. That is the awesome glory of God,” he said.
He condemned the practice of naming streets after the dead, saying that experience had shown that many successive governments had rubbished such by changing such names later and renaming the streets after their own favourites.