The seven years’ anniversary of the late Ibadan politician, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, was held at his Molete residence last week, witnessing the convergence of family, friends and political associates, writes Adeola Oladele.
The celebration of the seventh year anniversary of the late Ibadan politician and prime exponent of the so-called ‘amala politics’, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, held last week at the late politician’s home in the Molete area of the city. Adedibu died on June 11, 2008 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after a brief illness.
The event, which was attended by family, friends and political associates of the politician also attracted many clerics, especially from the Islamic fold, from within Ibadan and outside.
The event organised to recall the life and times of the politician equally enabled the clerics in attendance to offer prayers for the repose of his soul.
His death, as well noted in many remarks at the occasion, indeed marked the end of an era in the politics of Oyo State.
In an interaction, Prof. Abass Adedibu, his first son, described his late father as one of the pillars of politics in Nigeria, especially Oyo State. According to him, his influence told well on politics while he was alive.
On why it had been difficult to find someone else stepping into the political shoes of his late father especially in regard of political godfatherism, Abass, who bagged his PhD in 1981, said none of the present crop of politicians in the ancient city could afford to try imitating his father. No one among them, he noted, could muster such daring and weather such storms as did Adedibu.
He equally sought to correct the impression that his father was a violent man or that he practiced politics of violence, saying “My father contributed positively to the development of politics in the country which made him find favour with late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late Chief Ladoke Akintola and the rest who were the front runners of the political independence Nigerians were enjoying today”.
On how they have been sustaining the legacies of late Adedibu, Abass clarified that “Dad was such a great man whose works were too great for any one to deface of downplay. We have been trying in our small way to ensure Molete remain a rallying point for those who believe in Adedibu and who still have interest in his pattern of politics. This is why no one comes round here any day without finding one or two of his followers. They keep following him even in death. Adedibu’s legacies still live on”.
In a similar comment, one of the wives of the late politician, Alhaja (Chief) Mrs. Bose Modinat Adedibu, described her husband as a lover of peace who hated and fought against injustice.
Bose, who is also the Yeyelua of Ibadanland, maintained Adedibu was the best husband any woman could think of or wish to have, adding that her late husband had left an indelible footprints on the sands of time.
Highlights of the remembrance programme was a special sermon and prayer rendered by Dr. AbdulWaheed Rufai, the Khalifa Oke Are, Ibadan.
In his sermon, Rufai enjoined politicians in the state to emulate the good virtues of the politician, urging the children to always sustain the good name of their late father.
Dignitaries in attendance included Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, representative of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Eddy Oyewole, and a host of other personalities.