…As Cleric Urges Govt to Immortalise Fasanmi
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday described the late elder statesman and leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi as an undiluted progressive whose “life, times and legacy typify the Omoluabi ethos that the State of Osun holds dear”.
This was Just as the dean of All Saints, Osogbo, Venerable Olugbenro Fabuluje asked the Governor to immortalise the Yoruba leader.
Oyetola, who led some eminent Nigerians and government functionaries to pay last respect to late Pa. Fasanmi at the commendation service held at the Cathedral of All Saints, Osogbo, said the deceased lived his entire life to love and serve Nigeria with passion without expecting any benefits in return for doing so, adding that late Pa Fasanmi was one of God’s generous donations to humanity.
The governor said late Pa Fasanmi was one of the few patriarchs who stood to be counted in a nation in search of politics of ideology and principle, describing him as “a great leader of monumental significance”.
He said the deceased projected Awolowo’s principles and served Nigeria passionately.
“He was a beacon of hope for a new Nigeria and encouragement for others. His death is a colossal loss to Nigeria and black race,” the governor said.
In his sermon after reading from the book of Mathew, chapter 25, the Dean of the Cathedral, Venerable Fabuluje described him as a national hero whose footprints during his lifetime cannot be wiped out.
“Though, Pa Fasanmi was not an indigene of Osun state, the cleric asked Governor Oyetola and the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Olanipekun to do everything within their powers to immortalise him.”
Fabuluje argued that Fasanmi ought to have been honoured with a national award because he was a modest man who never involved himself in corrupt practices.
The children of Pa Fasanmi described their father had no blemish and scandal throughout his public life and expressed belief that Fasanmi is in God’s right hand in heaven.