By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The remains of former Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi finally arrive Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Saturday, WESTERN POST can report.
He would, however, not be buried at his Oke-Ado Mosque again as the remains of the former governor would now be interred at one of his houses.
This was announced by his former Special Adviser on Community Relations, Alhaji Murziq Siyanbade, in a statement on Saturday.
Ajimobi’s Media Aide, Bolaji Tunji had announced that the remains of his principal may be interred at the Central Mosque he built in Oke-Ado.
There has been an issue over where his final resting place would be. While his wife Florence is said to have preferred the Agodi House, the family wants his remains buried within his Oke-Ado Mosque premises.
The Muslim community argued that the best place is the cemetery. The government has, however, denied insinuations that it denied them approval to bury him at his Oluyole residence.
However, Siyanbade stated that “prayers would only be offered by a few invited clerics and close family members in the Mosque.
“We are very mindful of all the COVID-19 protocols and the limitations on the social gathering, which we will never run foul of.
“The information that came out was only meant not to keep us all in the dark,” Siyanbade, who is also the Secretary of Muslim Community of Oyo State, MUSCOY, has said.
MUSCOY chairman, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, who corroborated Siyanbade around 10:30 pm yesterday wrote: “Alhamdulilah, the rigmarole surrounding where Alhaj Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi would be buried has been resolved. Prayer on his remains would be at Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Mosque at 11am. HE WOULD NOT BE BURIED IN THE MOSQUE.
“The internment would be in one of his houses, which I don’t have the authority to mention. If there is need for that, the family would do so. Only few people would be admitted in the Mosque because of the coronavirus protocol. Let brothers and sisters who have no invitation stay at home and pray for the repose of the soul of this benefactor of the Muslim Ummah.”
Earlier, Ajimobi’s In-law, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and his wife arrived Lagos to commiserate with the former First Family.