The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and over 50 other monarchs graced the final burial ceremony of Senator Kola Ogunwale’s father, Pa Lawrence Ogunwale last Saturday at Iragbiji, headquarters of Boripe Local Government Council Area of Osun State.
In the entourage of Alaafin were about twenty-four other monarchs from Oyo State , while the Ogiyan of Ejigbo led over twenty monarchs in Osun State to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, venue of the funeral service.
Pa Ogunwale who died at the age of 102 was Baba Ijo of the church until his death.
At the service, the Archbishop of Osun Catholic Diocese, Bishop Abiodun Abegunrin called on the royal fathers and politicians to always put their community and the nation ahead of individual interest.
The Bishop who was represented by Father Augustine Ogundele disclosed that whatever post one holds in life if it is not to the benefit of the masses, it amounts to nothing.
He then called on all public office holders and monarchs to always ensure that the masses get three daily square meal on their desk.
The Bishop berated the situation in Osun State where factories and firms capable of giving gainful employment to the youths of the state, who he said were roaming the streets of major towns in the state have been closed down.
He also called on policy makers in the state to ensure that the state was no longer a civil servant state, adding that there were enormous potentials for the state to tap.
According to him, all religions preach and encourage progress and unity, saying all public office holders at all levels should work toward the progress and unity of the Nigerian nation.
Furthermore, he called on the children of the deceased to always toe the path of faith in which they were brought up, assuring them that God would guide their ways in whatever they were doing.
While showing his appreciation, Senator Ogunwale thanked the Alaafin and all the royal fathers at the service for the enormous support and love shown to him.
He also expressed gratitude to the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Magbagbeola for taking time out of his busy schedule to host the Alaafin and other monarchs at the occasion.
He also expressed special gratitude to the State Action Congress Chairman, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, the party secretary, Prince Gboyega Famodun and all the state executive and leaders of the party who graced the occasion.
Other personalities who graced the occasion included Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Dr. Ahmed Shekan, Chairman, Egyptian Community in Nigeria , Alhaji Fatai, Chief Kunle Odeyemi and Alhaji Suleman Aderemi among other dignitaries.
By shina abubakar