By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Dignitaries from all walks of life converged in Ibadan on Friday to witness the final burials of Governor Seyi Mankind’s mother, Mrs. Abigail Makinde and daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Mrs. Omotola Oyediran.
Among the personalities that thronged the burial service of the chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, Mrs Oyediran, include Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo; the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former interim national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and other dignitaries.
Others were the deceased’s sister, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the APC chairman in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Alhaja Bose Adedibu, Mr Muyiwa Ige, Reverend (Dr) S. Fape of Lagos and Remo diocese and a host of others.
The burial which was held at All Saint’s Church, Jericho, Ibadan, also attracted captains of industry, academicians and other eminent personalities
Delivering the sermon, the retired Archbishop of Methodist Church, Nigeria, Most Reverend Ayo Ladigbolu, said late Reverend (Mrs) Omotola Oyediran took after her parents, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Mama H.I.D Awolowo in her service to humanity, kindness and integrity.
He recalled that the virtues of Awolowo’s family really rubbed off on her exceptional traits through the immense impactful life she lived.
In his sermon titled: “Celebrating Saintly Womanhood as a tool for Nation Building,” Ladigbolu said: “Today, we gathered here to celebrate a pious, righteous woman, who symbolised a tool for Nation building.”
While quoting from the second book of Timothy, chapter 1, verse 5, Ladigbolu averred that: “We are celebrating a woman from great parentage. While celebrating Oyediran, we cannot forget the influence and massive impacts of her parents on the citizenry. Whatever attributes God had endowed Oyediran with, she got it from her parents.”
In a related development, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has described his late mother as irreplaceable, who taught him contentment, adding that her tolerance discipline made him what he is today.
The governor , while speaking at his mother’s burial, held at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Aremo, Ibadan, stated that he would forever remember the beautiful memories he and his late mother shared together for just 53 years.
Governor Makinde, who could not hold his tears while speaking, revealed that he inherited a lot of traits from his mother which transformed his life,
He noted that her late mum who could not hide her joy when he emerged governor of the state, was unsatisfied when he ventured into politics.
In his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev’d Segun Okubadejo, urged the congregation to seize the moment of being among the living souls to make amendments with God, adding that men only live in the atmosphere of own actions and benefit of fellow humans.
Among dignitaries that paid their last respect to Makinde’s mother were, Ekiti State Governor, who doubles as Chairman, Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Ondo State Governor who is also Chairman, Southwest State Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu; Sokoto State Governor and Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal.
Other personalities were the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; wife of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs Bola, among others, attended the burial.
Former governors, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Peter Obi (Anambra), Segun Oni (Ekiti), Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Raji Rasaki (Lagos) and Olagundoye Oyinlola (Osun) were also in attendance.