Akeredolu buried in hometown

The remains of former Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu were on Friday buried at a private programme, strictly for family members after the service held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Imola, Owo , attended by dignitaries within and outside the country.

Penpushing reports that President Bola Tinubu, represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, led government functionaries to the service noting that the country has lost a man who left an indomitable legacy of national service.

The President pointed out that it was not a day to mourn but a remembrance and celebration of life to God and humanity of Akeredolu, who served humanity to the best of his ability, adding that the decease left an indelible blueprint in the sands of history and would forever be remembered by all.

Penpushing further reports that the Bishop of Ikwerre and Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Anglican Communion, Bishop Blessing Enyindah in his sermon titled “The Brevity of Life”, emphasized that life is short, meaningless and vanity without God

The cleric explained that the transient nature of life and the importance of making a meaningful impact while on earth was important, stressing that man’s life is like a shadow that vanished like a vapour and urged all politicians present to see to the hardship that Nigerians were facing.

Penpushing also reports that Enyindah quoting from Psalm 39 vs 4-5, urged attendees to reflect on their legacy and the significance of their actions, as he highlighted the impactful contributions of Akeredolu to Ondo State and his dedicated service to the Anglican Church, as well as calling for the protection of Akeredolu’s legacy and for the government to continue with the projects he initiated but could not be completed.

The Ondo State Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa speaking at the church service appreciated all dignitaries present to pay the last respects to his late principal, who he described as a great man who would be remembered for his voice on national issues like the rule of law and good governance.

“On behalf of the people of Ondo State; on behalf of the family, I say thanks for coming. You are all here to pay the last respect to our departed leader; some of you are his colleagues; some are from his childhood friends,” he said.

Penpushing reports that notable personalities at the ceremony include national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Ganduje, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; and Governors of Ekiti, Osun, Enugu, Bayelsa, Kwara, Benue, Lagos, Anambra, Ogun, Oyo and Delta States, as well as members of the National Assembly

The late Akeredolu(67) it is recalled was a Governor of Ondo State between 2016 and 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC), and died  on  December 27, 2023 in a German hospital after a protracted battle with prostate cancer.

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