The governor of Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi led top government officials, politicians, All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, professional groups, religious leaders, students, friends and others to pay their last respects to the late Speaker, Mr. Michael Adeyemo, yesterday as his body was laid to rest.
The deceased, who represented Ibarapa East State Constituency on APC’s platform, died last Friday at Jericho Specialist Hospital, Ibadan. He was aged 47.
A source said a preliminary autopsy report attributed the death to severe heart attack.
A service of songs was held in honour of Adeyemo on Wednesday at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan, followed by a special plenary yesterday at the House of Assembly.
An open air funeral service, organised by Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and First Baptist Church, Lanlate, held at New Park, Lanlate, was attended by people from all walks of life.
The President, Ibadan Baptist Conference, Dr. S. Adekunle, said everybody would experience death.
Quoting from Exodus 1: 6-8 and Acts of Apostle 13:36, he cited Joseph and David, stressing the importance of a good name.
The cleric said a person’s name, words and work were the three most important things that would not die.
He said the Speaker left a good name, urging people, especially politicians, to preserve their names, work and assist the society.
“These are the things that will speak for you after death.”
A special prayer was held for the deceased’s wife, children, extended family, Oyo State and Nigeria.
Adeyemo was interred at his Lanlate house.
At the plenary, Ajimobi described the Speaker’s death as unexpected, saying it had left a wound that would take time to heal.
The governor, who was in tears, said Adeyemo was a patriot who was passionate about the state’s development.
He said his death was a great loss to the state and APC.
The Nigerian Conference of Speakers described Adeyemo’s death as a calamity not only to Oyo State, but also Nigeria.
The conference’s Deputy Speaker, who is also the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, said the deceased was a bridge builder, who united Nigerians.
Describing Adeyemo as a defender of the defenceless, Ubosi said his death had only strengthened their resolve to work in harmony for the progress of their states, in order to crown the deceased’s efforts.