The 8th day fidau prayer in honour of Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, father of the Deputy Governor-elect in Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, is one event that will not be forgotten in a hurry.
Oba Hamzat, the Olu of Afowowa-Sogade in Ewekoro Local Government in Ogun State, died last week Sunday at 87. He has since been buried.
The eight-day fidau prayers, which took place at LTV8 Blue Roof, Alausa, Ikeja had in attendance many important politicians mostly from Western Nigeria.
Among them were: Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; immediate-past Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babtunde Fashola; wife of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
APC party faithful from across the length and breadth of South-west thronged the Blue Roof, Lagos Television Ground, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos venue of the prayers to honour the deceased who traversed the politics of the state while alive.
Oba Hamzat was a member of Lagos State House of Assembly and later Commissioner for Transportation in Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande’s cabinet in 1979 during the Second Republic. He was the founder of the Justice Forum in Lagos and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee until he returned home to be the traditional ruler of his people in Afowowa-Sogade.
Also at the event were Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule; former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; wife of the Oyo State Governor, Florence Ajimobi; former Deputy Governors of Lagos State, Princess Sarah Sosan and Princess Adejoke Adefulire and Lagos Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
Others included Chief Henry Ajomale, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Senator Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon, GOS; Senator representing Lagos Central in the Senate, Olamilekan Solomon; former House of Representatives member, Yakubu Balogun; House of Representative member, Rotimi Agunsoye; Alhaji Busura Alebiosu-Bush; former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Otunba Femi Pedro; the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi; members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, Muslims and Christian clerics and several others.
The Lagos Deputy Governor-elect, Hamzat, thanked all for gracing the occasion, saying that his father lived a life worthy of emulation.
Chief Missioner of Ansar-ul-deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdulrahman Ahmad, admonished children of the deceased to remain united and to continue to uphold the good name and legacies of their father.
He said the crowd at the event showed that the deceased worked for humanity and did good things for the people. The Chief Missioner prayed for the repose of the deceased’s soul.