Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi
From Toba Suleiman in Ado-Ekiti
Former Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, Most Rev. Michael Fagun has blamed the current breakdown of the political and social-economic development of the country on greed and selfishness of Nigerian leaders.
The Emeritus Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, who spoke on Friday at the special church service for late Chief (Mrs) Florence Bukunola Ojo at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Ado-Ekiti, said apart from Nigerian leaders, followers are also not exempted in the crisis of greed, which he said has eaten deep into the fabric of the people of the country.
According to him, today, it has become extremely difficult for Nigerians to criticise their leaders because of the general problems that virtually everybody has soiled his or her hands. The clergyman, who quoted copiously from the Holy Bible with special references to the book of Wisdom, Romans as well as from the book of Matthew, described death as inevitable for all human beings on earth.
He noted that, Mrs Ojo, who died at the age of 72 years, was married to Dr Afolabi Ojo, a retired professor of Geography at OAU and pioneer VC of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), had ended a phase in her own journey of life. While urging Nigerians to allow God to direct their path in life, Fagun said what should be paramount to man on earth is how well he or she lives his or her life in the way of the Lord.
Describing late Mrs Ojo as a woman of virtue, culture and a devout Christian, who lived a life worthy of emulation, the man of God also urged those she left behind to take after their late mother. The cleric, who charged the congregation not to see the death of the deceased as the end of her life, but a mere passage to eternal glory, maintained that, it is only those who died without Jesus that died without hope, “those who died in Jesus have eternal life.”
In his remarks before his departure, the governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, described the death of Mrs Ojo as a big loss, not to the people of Ekiti State alone, but the entire country, because of her contribution to the work of God and of the humanity, while on earth. According to the governor, the death of mama came few weeks earlier than the time his mother too died, saying that as a governor, the death of the two illustrious daughters of the state was painful. The governor noted that he received the death of the deceased with mixed feelings, of sadness and joy, saying, naturally it was painful that she died, but the people were grateful that she did not die without Jesus.
He said, as somebody who just lost his mother, definitely he is in the best position to know how painful it is for someone to lose his dearest one. Fayemi, who said, the church as a whole knows the contributions of the deceased to the development of Catholic Church in the state, maintained that the best that the people could do for her, was to live up to those good legacies she left behind.