By Adeola Oladele
The remains of Adebayo Oyelowo Oyediran Ajanaku, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his Lawyer-wife, Yewande, in Ibadan was committed to mother earth on Friday in his country home, Gbongan, in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State.
He was allegedly slain by his wife in his sleep on February 2, 2016 after they had resolved a disagreement.
At the burial where emotion ran high, Lowo’s family members demanded justice for their son. The hearse, bearing the white casket of the deceased approached St. Paul’s Cathedral Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oke-Osun Diocese, Gbongan around 10.45 am.
Relatives, friends and well- wishers could not hold back their tears when they sighted the casket, bearing the remains of the deceased, being carried out of the hearse by pall bearers.
They donned black customised T-Shirts, with the pictures of Lowo and inscription tagged “Justice4Lowo”. Some of his family members, relatives and friends, who could not control their emotions rolled on the floor, shouting the name of the deceased while some others were simply grieving.
In his sermon entitled “The Greatest Question of Life,” the officiating clergy, Venerable Paul. O. Farotimi, who is the Dean of the Cathedral, said, “People have asked the question why during moments of disappointment, sorrow and disaster,” saying that “we may ask ourselves why death killed Lowo at this time.”
Quoting from the scriptures in the book of Matthew, Chapter 27, Verse 2, he said, “Life is a cycle. Life is a stage; we all play our part and leave the stage. Lowo left the stage when the ovation was the loudest.
“He left as a hero. There are many whys in this life that remained unanswered.”
Farotimi continued: “Since this unfortunate incident, we have asked the question why did his wife killed him? Why did he go back and sleep in the house after the quarrel had been settled.”While urging the family of Ajanaku to immortalise the name of Oyelowo so that generations yet unborn would know him and his far-reaching impacts, the clergy maintained that “the death of Lowo tells us that we can die at anytime, anywhere and anyhow. “We have to prepare to meet our saviour.
Situations like this should make us think about our life.”
After the church service, the body of the deceased was later interred at St Paul’s Cathedral Cemetery, situated along Gbongan-Osogbo road.
Dignitaries at the funeral service included the family members, friends, relatives and business partner of Lowo, Mr. Mikkel, wife of the Olufi of Gbongan, Dr (Mrs) Magareth Ronke Oyeniyi, Professor Tunde Makanju, Justice Bolarinwa Babalakin, who was represented by his personal assistant, and members of Gbongan Progressive Union, among others.