ADO Ekiti-Finally, Sen. Ayo Fasanmi, the Afenifere’s leader who died last week Wednesday at the age of 94 has been laid to rest at his country home, Iye-Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State with tributes and impactful life he lived. Many prominent Nigerians attended the funeral, and had described him as unsung hero, whose demise had denied them of a “godfather and counselor. Meanwhile, Pa. Fasanmi’s corpse was conveyed in a white SUV motorcade owned by a funeral service company, Six Feet (6FT) Event Planning to the church procession held at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Iye Ekiti, Ekiti State.
In his sermon, during the funeral service, the Bishop of Ekiti Oke, Anglican Communion, Reverend Peter Olubowale, had said that Pa. Fasanmi was not a noisemaker, and never became materialistic or a trouble maker during his life time, noting further that his transition on earth partnered that “life is not important except it has impacts on others.” The Bishop hinted: “We need to be available to ourselves and be committed to God and set goals. Nigeria is in the position it is today not because we don’t have material and human resources, but we lack the commitment to ourselves, set goals, and the welfare of the people. “Nigerians are the number one people in the world that are easy to govern. They have patience, zeal and elastic in endurance. When you think they will fall, they will just stand and be looking and I think our political leaders will not play too much on this. “Many of us no longer have trust in this nation. No trust in ourselves, no trust in our leaders. Baba has told us that all these monies you are spending and the one you are keeping inside bullion vans and the ones being stashed in bank accounts, all is vanity. “The suffering in town is much. Use the position you are occupying very well to develop humanity. This is the only way you can gain eternity, the most important reward for all of us because materialism will lead you to hell.” In a similar note and tributes, Governors of the South-West said, they have lost a father and great consoler,who service was still very needed.
Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Tribute
Governor Fayemi in his short address described Late Pa. Fasanmi as a man, who had lived a life of emulation with integrity, found to be incorruptible and sincere in his dealing. “His death has, therefore, robbed me of a godfather, counsellor, an advocate and a father. A good man has left us. We will sorely miss him but we are consoled that Baba’s entire adult life was dedicated to selfless service”. “One legacy for which Baba would be fondly remembered was his credential of incorruptibility. He was a man of tall integrity and honesty. It would be recalled that he was the first to start the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Committee in 1973 under Col. Oluwole Rotimi of the Western Region. “Chief Ayo Fasanmi has come, he has seen and conquered. He conquered human cravings, vanity of power, ostentation, greed and malice.”
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State
“Baba living long for 94 years was not what we are celebrating, but we are celebrating how many lives he had impacted. He lived an impactful life. “He was not petty but he spoke truth to power. He lived a remarkable life and he was one politician who became Senator and came home to rest later. Let politicians of today learn how to be contented and allow this remarkable conduct to guide us.”
Sen. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu represented by Mr. Ogunleye, former Lagos state Deputy Governor
Nigerians should learn from the late politician, he lived a modest and Spartan lifestyle. Fasanmi was a civilian revolutionist and a politician of outstanding mien, civility and character, who worth being emulated.
Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State
Fasanmi’s influence became more pronounced by his incorruptible nature and became a role model of repute, indeed, he would be greatly missed.
At the funeral include, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, represented by Special Adviser on Civic Engagements, Princess Aderemi Adebowale; Ekiti Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi and his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Benedict Alabi, and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was represented by former Lagos Deputy Governor, Abiodun Ogunleye,
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