By Ibidapo Balogun
The building tension had died down and calm has returned as the Fidau (eighth-day) prayer for the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who died on April 23, was held on Monday in Ede, Osun State amid a calm atmosphere.
His burial last week Monday was characterised by tension and violence. An aide of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Idiat Babalola was almost lynched at the event but for the intervention of Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Adeleke was 62 years old. He died on the cusp of another contest for the governorship of Osun due to hold next year.
Governor Aregbesola and former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola were among the dignitaries in attendance at the Fidau.
Also present were former Speaker, House of Representatives, Mrs. Patricia Olubunmi Ette; former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala; Deputy Governor of Osun State, Titi Laoye Tomori; the Osun State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Gbenga Famodun; APC chieftains as well as friends, relatives and political associates also attended the prayer session.
The Chief Imam of Offa, Sheik Suleiman, admonished politicians and all to imbibe the good deeds of the late senator. Suleiman said the contributions of the late senator to the development of the state would not be forgotten.
Suleiman also called on the people of the state to use the Fidau prayer as avenue to readjust their ways and live up to the expectations of the masses.
He said death is inevitable and urged those at the event to reflect on their lifestyles.
Also, the Secretary of the League of Alfas’ and Imams in Osun State, Sheik Nurudeen Gbolahan, prayed for the repose of the late senator.
Gbolahan urged those who attended the event to remember that death is inevitable for everyone.
The Secretary to the Government of Osun State, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who spoke on behalf of government, described the late senator as an icon in the state whose landmark achievements would forever be remembered.
Adeoti said Adeleke’s painful exit was a shock to the state and the country.
Before his death, he was the senator representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Adeleke was also the first civilian governor of Osun State between January 1992 and November 1993 on the platform of defunct Social Democratic Party.