The Government of the State of Osun on Tuesday handed over the body of the late Afenifere leader and elder statesman, Senator Ayorinde Fasanmi to the Ekiti State Government for burial in his hometown of Itawure, Ekiti.
Fasanmi who hailed from Ekiti but found home in Osun, died last Wednesday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital at the age of 94.
In the pictures: Osun officials handing over fasanmi’s body to Ekiti
The official handing-over of Pa Fasanmi’s body was performed by representatives of the State government which included the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode; Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Adebisi Obawale; Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Siji Olamiju; Special Adviser to the Governor on General Administration, Mr Niyi Idowu.
The Ekiti State government was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Health, Hon. Moji Yaya-Kolade; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Fafure Mojisola; Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Chief Bejide; All Progressive Congress Chairman in Ekiti, Barr. Paul Omotosho; and Ekiti State APC Welfare Secretary, Otunba Omotayo Kolawole.
Yesterday, a commendation service was held in honour of the late politician at the Cathedral of All Saints, Osogbo which was attended by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his wife, Mrs Kafayat as well as other eminent Nigerians including Chief Bisi Akande, Senator Biyi Durojaiye, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd.), Prof. Olu Aina, among others.
At the service, Governor Oyetola while delivering his tribute, described the late elder statesman as “an undiluted progressive whose life, times and legacy typify the Omoluabi ethos that the State of Osun holds dear”.
Oyetola who noted that Pa Fasanmi was one of God’s generous donations to humanity, said the deceased lived his entire life to love and serve Nigeria with passion without expecting any benefits in return for doing so.
The governor, who was also represented in Ekiti at the funeral service by his deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, said late Pa Fasanmi was one of the few patriarchs who stood to be counted in a nation in search of politics of ideology and principle, describing him as “a great leader of monumental significance”.