Dangote, Akinrinade, Falana, Others Condole Fayemi On Deputy’s Death

April 13, 2013

The President of Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has joined other eminent and well meaning Nigerians in mourning the late Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka.

Dangote, who paid a condolence visit to Governor Kayode Fayemi, at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, described the death of Mrs. Olayinka as a great loss not only to Ekiti State but the entire country.

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade; the Senator representing Ondo North in the National Assembly, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice; Ekiti State Caucus of the House of Representatives and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) also visited.

Ekiti House of Representatives members who paid condolence visit to Fayemi include Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, Mr. Bimbo Daramola, Chief Robinson Ajiboye, Dr. Ife Arowosoge and Mr. Bamidele Faparusi.

Dangote said: “It is a great loss and all of us will end up leaving one day. At God’s appointed time, all of us will leave.

“We pray for the repose of our soul, we urge her family to take it easy although kit is not easy to lose somebody of that status.

“She has served the people well, she has served the state well and she has served you (Fayemi) well.”

Dangote further wrote in the condolence register: “This is a great loss not only to the people and government of Ekiti State but to Nigeria at large.

“May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace”.

Akinrinade wrote: “You hardly let us know that you were enduring so much pain and anxiety. You were always cheerful and diligent in your contributions to our struggle.

“We are all grateful to have you with us. May your gentle soul rest in peace.”

Boroffice said Mrs. Olayinka made a remarkable impact within the short time she found herself in politics and added value to governance.

The senator said late deputy governor emerged on the scene at a time when there were few women in politics expressing satisfaction that the deceased made the difference as acknowledged by all.

Boroffice wrote: “It is my belief that our great sister has been translated from mortality to immortality. The legacy she leaves behind will continue to inspire us to give more to our people.”

Bamidele who spoke on behalf of the House of Representatives members from the state said Ekiti people and other Nigerians mourning Mrs. Olayinka have no choice but to come to terms with her death.

He said, “The Ekiti State Government under your leadership knows that you did your best to keep her alive. There is little we can do other than accepting this as a reality of life.

“We pray that God will grant you the fortitude to bear this loss and God will grant you the grace and wisdom to fill the vacuum that has just been created.”

Falana said Mrs. Olayinka emerged a leader in the state by dint of hard work and “conducted herself with grace and sartorial elegance”.

The rights activist revealed that Mrs. Olayinka told him to be free to criticize the government when necessary saying she took all her criticisms with grace and maturity.

Falana said further: “I could remember that during my daughter’s wedding in Lagos, she made it despite her critical health condition at that time and she sang and danced vigorously.

“She and the governor impressed me with their tenacity in the struggle to reclaim the mandate and after their inauguration, she urged me to remain critical of the government.

“We are not mourning her but we are celebrating her. She and the governor transformed Ekiti State from the land of brigandage to the land of honour.”

Former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran described Mrs. Olayinka as a conscientious and patriotic Nigerian who demonstrated great discipline, humility and loyalty in public service.

He prayed God to console the family of the deceased and the people of Ekiti State on the loss.

Fayemi in his response thank his visitors for their support saying nobody can question God on the death of his deputy.The governor described Mrs. Olayinka’s death as a collective loss to everybody and a grief that is shared by all.

Fayemi said, “This is a collective loss to all of us, we all share in the grief. It is a loss to our party, a loss to our state and a loss to all of us.

“She put in her very best even at the height of excruciating pain, she was ready to bear the pain of others. We cannot question God, he knows best, his plan is not our plan.

“God knows why he took her away from us, away from the trials and temptations of this world.

“We shall miss her greatly and her immediate family, we will miss her tremendously.

Other personalities who visited include former military governor of old Rivers State, Air Vice Marshal Ernest Adeleye (rtd) and chairman of the board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Jide Adeniyi.

Last modified: April 13, 2013

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