The remains of late Afenifere, a social cultural group leader, Ayo Fasanmi were on Tuesday interred in his country home in Iye Ekiti, located in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Penpushing reports that the casket conveying , a second republic senator, who died on July 29 at the age of 94 was brought to the community in a white jeep for the funeral service held at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Iye Ekiti.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi in his speech said the deceased contributions to the development of democracy was immeasurable, particularly his role in the formation and operation of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the military.
Penpushing further reports that, Fayemi disclosed that his administration was already constructing a secondary school to honour the late Yoruba leader for his contributions to the state before his death.
The Governor in his tribute entitled, ‘Tribute to a Man of Integrity’“ said what attracted him to the deceased was his integrity, adding that it was unfortunate that he died, before the school could be name after him
‘My only regret is that he has left us before the school will be officially inaugurated for academic activities when schools finally reopen. 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 he was dedicated to selfless service,” he said.
Penpushing also reports that, Fayemi added that the deceased belonged in the class of the youth of the 1950s when the nationalist movement was at its feverish peak,noting that, Fasanmi got indoctrinated into nationalism struggle through the writings of Nnamdi Azikwe and his contemporaries.
“He proved his political mettle in 1964 when he was elected as a member of the Federal House of Representatives before 1966 and he got imprisoned in Agodi Prison and was later released. He offered to serve as governor of the old Ondo state in 1978 and slugged it out with Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin who defeated him in the primary.
“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,” he said.
The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu while speaking on behalf of the Southwest Governors, said the news of the passage of the icon was a loss to the Yoruba and Nigeria at large.
“Baba living long for 94 years was not what we are celebrating, but we are celebrating how many lives he had impacted on. He lived an impactful life. He was not petty but he spoke truth, lived a remarkable life and was one politician who became senator and came home to rest,” he said.
Penpushing also reportthat, in his own remarks Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagements, Aderemi Adebowale, said Fasanmi’s influence became more pronounced by his incorruptible nature.
The All Progressives Congress National leader, Bola Tinubu,in his own comments said Nigerians must learn from the late politician who lived a modest and Spartan lifestyle,as well as outstanding politician
Penpushing reports Tinubu represented by former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Abiodun Ogunleye, described Fasanmi as a revolutionary and a politician of outstanding mien, civility and character who was worthy of being emulated.
The Bishop of Ekiti Oke, Anglican Communion, Peter Olubowale, in his sermon said the deceased Fasanmi was maker not noise maker and trouble during his time, urging the people to continually do good to humanity the way Fasanmi did to his family, political associates, friends and companions.
“We need to be available to ourselves and committed to God. Nigerians are number one people in the world that are easy to govern with patience, zeal and endurance. 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 banks accounts are all vanity.Use the position you are occupying very well to develop humanity. This is the only way you can gain eternity because materialism will lead you to hell fire,” he said.