By: Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has charged Nigerians to be more dedicated to the services of God and humanity.
Professor Osinbajo gave the charge over the weekend at the Funeral Outing and Thanksgiving Service of the first Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Doctor Barnabas Sanyaolu Oloruntoba at Second ECWA Church, Amilegbe, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to Professor Osinbajo, there is close relationship between service to God and service to humanity, saying that anyone who serves God well will directly or indirectly be serving humanity.
He described late Dr Barnabas as a man who served God and humanity during his lifetime and also made significant contributions to national development, particularly in the agriculture sector.
In his remarks, Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed described late Dr Oloruntoba as a man who lived a life worthy of emulation and called on Nigerians to emulate the late agriculturist by “thinking more of what they can contribute to the growth and development of the nation.”
Governor Ahmed said the deceased would continue to live on because of his sterling virtues and contributions to humanity.
In his sermon, Minister-in-charge of the Church, Dr Reverend John Owoeye advised the congregation to live impactful life by preparing for death, saying that all mortals would taste death.
Other dignitaries at the event included Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Executive Director, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, wife of former Vice President, Hajia Titi Abubakar and Benin Republic’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Romuald Wadagni.
Late Doctor Barnabas Oloruntoba, the first Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and father in-law of President, African Development Bank and former Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina died on the 17th of March at the age of 88.