By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, have extolled the virtues of late Senator Bayo Osinowo, saying he lived an exemplary life.
Sanwo-Olu and Obasa spoke during the Special Parliamentary Session held in honour of Osinowo at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020.
Sen Osinowo reportedly died after a brief illness on Monday June 15, 2020 in Lagos. He was buried same day in his country home in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
While stating that a lot of people have expressed how and what they knew about Senator Osinowo, Governor Sanwo-olu stated that the deceased meant different things to different people.
The Governor said members of the state Executive Council had a special session for the late Senator on Monday because of his level of contributions to the development of the state and that they prayed for God to grant him eternal rest.
“He was a very witty and jovial person. We enjoyed a high-level of comradeship. He was a different person to different people. He has lived a fulfilled man, a respected Nigerian, a respected husband and father.
“How do we want to be remembered, when we are gone. If we missed him, we must learn something from him. Let us know that our time will come and what will people say about us.
“On behalf of the people and government of Lagos State, I thank the House of Assembly for the session. I thank you and I want us to know that our time on earth is limited,” he said.
While eulogising the late lawmaker, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said that no one wanted to die, including those who wanted to go to heaven.
Obasa stressed that the late Osinowo was a major general in the corridor of Nigerian politics.
“We are gathered here to honour Senator Bayo Osinowo, a power broker who assisted many politicians to realise their dreams. I met him before we got to the state house of Assembly, when we were strategising about who would be the Speaker of the 5th Lagos Assembly.
“Osinowo was an astute and grassroots politician and a super benefactor to many.
“My emergence as Speaker of the 8th Assembly was through him and he contributed to the success of our elections in the South West.
“He fought to liberate Nigeria from military dictators. He was a parliamentarian par excellence and he was a great democrat,” he said.
The Speaker added that Osinowo was a friend, a colleague, and a teacher.
According to him, Osinowo was ebullient, lively and full of humour.
“He was a political leader with charisma. He was in tune with everybody. His death has created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill and he would be greatly missed by everybody.
“I am sure that Senator Sikiru Osinowo never knew he would be departing so soon, when he gave a speech about death on the floor of the Senate. While I pray that Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest, I urge all of us to learn from his death,” he said.
Also, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, described the late Senator Osinowo as a good man, saying that he was compassionate in his thought and deeds.
“He was empathetic, his great teachings from Quran were legendary. We should celebrate his life rather than mourning him. He would be remembered as a quettensential politician and a very religious man”, said Eshinlokun-Sanni
In his comments, the Chairman, Planning Committee of the special parliamentary session and lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, stated that the late Senator meant a lot of things to many people.
” He was a mentor, a teacher and many things to many people. He was a sacrificial giver and he would eat with anybody no matter who you are. He had got to his last bus stop. He invested in his children, all of them are medical doctors. He invested in many people. We should all emulate him because we will all live one day”, said Olowo
While speaking virtually from Abuja, the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, commiserated with the lawmakers “over the great loss.”
Gbajabiamila added that many people have heard about the late Senator and that there was no way one could talk about Lagos State and the state house of assembly as well as the Senate without mentioning Senator Bayo Osinowo.
“He would be remembered with fond memories. Let us remember those good times we had with him, his jovial ways, and anecdotes. He was a welder who welded different forces together. He was close to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, I know you would miss him. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Also speaking, the APC Chairman in Lagos State, Alhaji Tunde Balogun said that Senator Bayo Osinowo lived a very good, caring and generous life.
In his contributions, a former speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said that he never knew that after five years and three weeks of leaving the House, the time he would speak in the chamber again would be a valedictory service for Senator Bayo Osinowo.
“Most of the old members and senior members of the APC know that Senator Sikiru Osinowo was a close associate of mine. I spent 12 years in the house 10 of which I led the House, but we were close all through.
“When someone passes on in our clime, we don’t say bad things about him or her. Pepper, as I knew him, was a human being. He was an extra ordinary human being,” he said.
Other lawmakers in the Assembly also paid glowing tributes to the late Senator Sikiru Osinowo, and described him as a mentor and a political leader, who they said mentored many and helped to stabilize the Assembly.
Earlier in his sermon and prayers, the Chief Imam of the Assembly Mosque, Hon. Abdullateef Abduhakeem, spoke on “Preparation for Death.”
While quoting Quran 67: 1-2, he urged the people to bring themselves down before they are brought down.
“Lower yourself because you will eventually be lowered. By this, you will remember your level of worthlessness.
“They are worthlessness of the past tense, present tense and future tense. The world lived without you before you were born, some are living without you now and they will still live without you after your death.
“Everybody will taste death and death that you are avoiding will eventually overtake you. Learn from the death of those who precede you and those coming after you will learn from your death.
“We must come to terms of the suddenness of death and the only referee is Allah and He has the right to take the life whenever He likes,” he said.
Some of the personalities present are; Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Folashade Jaji, three members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Sen. Anthony Adefuye, Omooba Murphy Adetoro and Chief Mutiu Are, Commissioner For Local government and Chieftaincy, Hon. Wale Ahmed, Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba, past state lawmakers and wives of present state lawmakers.