Eulogies As Late Pa Emmanuel Abiodun Departs In Blaze Of Glory - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, September 10, 2021

Eulogies As Late Pa Emmanuel Abiodun Departs In Blaze Of Glory

Gov Abiodun and his family

By Ayobami Ife,  Abeokuta

Pa Emmanuel Abiodun, the octoganerian father of governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State departed the earth on Thursday in a blaze of eulogies from Nigerians who gathered in Iperu Remo, his home town to pay him their last respect. 

Pa. Abiodun fondly called teacher of teachers was interred inside the premises of St. James' Anglican Church, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State after a funeral and thanksgiving service at the same church. 

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state)  and Godwin Obaseki (Edo state) as well as former governor of the State and leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Olusegun Osoba, were among the dignitaries that bade late Pa Abiodun final farewell. 

No fewer than 28 traditional rulers in Ogun State, including the Awujale  of Ijebuland,  Oba Sikiru Adetona, sent in their staff of office in procession as mark of respect for the deceased who was a prince. 

The immediate past governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, former governor Gbenga Daniel , the Acting National Leader of the Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, 120 clergymen, foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele and top political functionaries attended 
the funeral and thanksgiving service held at St. James' Anglican Church, Iperu-Remo.

In his sermon, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Diocesan Bishop of Remo, Most Rev. Dr. Olusina Fape, called on politicians to use their positions to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.

He equally expressed concern over the spate of insecurity in the country as typified by kidnapping for ransom, banditry and killings, urging  that the  government to take urgent and decisive steps to arrest the situation. 

He said: "The position we hold in life is given to us by God to wipe out tears on the faces of our neighbours.

"What will you be remembered for after leaving the office or position you hold on tightly to?  If people are crying because you are a leader, God will judge you.

"You should start thinking about your temporary existence on earth and start doing what will make you inherit heavenly mansions when you die."

Bishop Fape, noted that death is a debt every mortal shall pay and advised all mortals to prepare well to meet their Creator.

He eulogised  Pa Abiodun virtues,  describing him as a great teacher and committed Christian who dedicated his life to the service of God and humanity.

 "Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people", the cleric urged the people to live a life in expectation of making the heaven.

"Nobody has ever escaped the cold hands of death. And nobody gets to heaven's prepared place by chance. You must work to get there. We must prepare to meet our Creator. Inheriting the beautiful mansion in heaven is not automatic. If you don't live and die in Christ, there is not peace for you after death. 

"Papa has worked and distinguished himself in his career and service to humanity. He also passed the torch of Christian faith to his children. He was a loving father and husband. He was an humble man. And because of this, God indeed honoured and rewarded  Pa Abiodun's humility and dedication to God's way, with blessed children.

"As a Christian, Baba has done well and he never preoccupied himself with earthly possessions, but dedicated himself to the service of God and humanity." 

Delivering the message of President Muhammadu Buhari, VP Osinbajo, noted that Pa Abiodun enjoyed the grace of God, stressing that he did not take the grace for granted, but gave back to his community via teaching profession and service to God.

Speaking on behalf of past and serving governors, the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, said the service was to celebrate Pa Abiodun who he described as "an exemplar and a great teacher". 

While noting that the deceased lived a good life, Fayemi urged the congregation to reflect on the message by the cleric and prepare for death very well in order to make heaven.

In his remarks, Governor Dapo Abiodun described his late dad as his mentor, moral compass,  teacher, his cheer leader and hero.

He added that he would continue to miss him.

The governor  thanked dignitaries who attended the funeral service of his late father,  submitting that he would continue to hold on tightly to the morals and values inculcated in him by his father while alive. 

Other dignitaries at the service are the Governor of Kwara State, Abdul-Rahman Razaq, his Kebbi State counterpart, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, deputy governors of Nassarawa and Borno States, former Governor of Edo State and the immediate past National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, Chairman of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd), President, African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina, Chairman, Dangote Groups, Aliko Dangote, among others.

     •Representatives of traditional rulers in Ogun State 

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