Iya Olobi, Aregbesola’s Mother Celebrated In Grandstyle After Death

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The death of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, popularly known as Iya Olobi, mother of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Tuesday brought together arrays of who is who in the society, as they thronged Ilesa, the hometown of the governor to pay their last respect to a woman they all described as a virtuous woman.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was among thousands of dignitaries that thronged the ancient town at the eight day Fida’u prayers for Governor Aregbesola’s late mother, who passed on at 84.

The event held at the Zenabab Resort, Ijebu-jesa road in Ilesa.

Governors Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Ibikunle Amosun (Oyo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi) and Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) were among the dignitaries.

Others were Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh; former Inspector General of Police, Musliu Smith; former EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu; APC chieftain, Bisi Akande.

Also among other dignitaries were Royal Fathers, Ministers, Former Governors, Senators, members of House of Representatives and Houses of Assemblies, Captains of Industries, Islamic clerics and Local Government chairmen.

The event, which started at about 1.00 p.m., was marked by the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, selected prayers, public lecture by a don and Christian prayers by a cleric.

One of the prayer recitations was offered by Ahmad Suleiman, who accompanied Mr. Ganduje to the event.

A don and Chief Imam of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Taofeek Abdulhamid, in his lecture, called on the living to always remember that anything with a beginning, including life and political office, would have an ending.

He advised that as mourners remembered the late Mrs. Aregbesola  they should strive to mend their own lives so that they would inherit eternal life.

He said that people should learn to honour time, including their time on earth, as a sensible act, not to miss their way to the glorious end.

The don further urged political office holders to see their positions as an opportunity to serve the people, adding that good followership also would correct leaders and make them accountable for the country.

The event also witnessed cultural dance performances, climaxed with wining and dining.

Aregbesola’s Mother Fidau Prayer Reunites Lasun Yusuf, Makinde

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The political feud between the Federal House of Representatives’ Deputy Speaker, Hon
Lasun Yussuf and former House of Representatives Member, from Ife Federal Constituency,  Hon. Rotimi Makinde might have become a thing of the  past with noticeable fusion   on Tuesday at the 8-days Fidau prayer for Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola.

Barely a month ago, the duo publicly shouted against each other at the All Progressive Congress (APC) final Senatorial Campaign for Senator Mudashir Hussein in Iwo and it took the intervention of the Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the security agents to avert physical combat.

Footages at the campaign ground which went viral online showed Makinde shouting on Lasun and insisted that he must not be recognised at the rally; the action which irritated the deputy speaker but obeyed the governor who persuaded him to stay on the podium.

Makinde made several attempts to prevent Lasun from being recognized by Aregbesola to speak at the campaign rally which held at Baptist High School, Iwo.

But to the surprise of the guests at the fidau prayer on Tuesday, few minutes after the arrival of the deputy speaker who sat closely to the former APC National Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande,  Makinde approached him and had discussion for about two minutes.

But a close aide to the Deputy Speaker told Osun Defender that the duo have resolved the differences after the Osun west Senatorial Bye Election, saying such fusion was a result of reconciliation by the elders.

He said between 2011 and 2015, Makinde and the Deputy Speaker were the closest national assembly members from Osun when Lasun was the Chairman of Omoluabi caucus in the national assembly, but they parted ways after Lasun accepted the offer of the deputy speaker against the wish of the party.

When contacted by Osun Defender over the development, Makinde   through a text message said, “I have no difference with Lasun.”

PHOTO STORY: Ooni, Tambuwal, Masari Pay Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

The Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II), Governor of Sokoto state, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal and his counterpart in Kastina, Alhaji Aminu Masari, have paid a condolence visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the death of his mother.

Governor Aregbesola’s mother, Alhaja Saratu, popularly known as Iya Olobi, died on the 1st of August, 2017 in Ilesha, the governor’s hometown.

They prayed Almighty Allah will console the family and uphold the Governor as he continues to take the state to an enviable height.

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[PHOTOS] Pastor Olutola Condoles Aregbesola Over Mum’s Death

The National President of The Apostolic Church, Pastor Gabriel Olutola on Wednesday visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun to commiserate with him over the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola who passed on on 1st of August, 2017.

The renowned evangelist who led other national leaders of the church prayed God to console the family mama left behind especially the governor.

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Tinubu, Amosun, Ajimobi Mourn

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, has described the late mother of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun as a great mother and an epitome of motherhood who always wanted the best for her son and stood by him in prayers through thick and thin.

Commiserating with Aregbesola on the death of his mother, Tinubu, in a condolence message from his Media Office in Lagos said, “Mama was like a mother to me as well. We would miss her and her prayers. She passed on while her son was away in Kebbi, Kebbi State in the course of national duty.

“Governor Aregbesola was very close to his mum.  I wish I could find the right word to comfort him. I have been through that way too. I know how it feels to lose a mother. A mother’s place is huge in our life. No one can take the place of our mother.

“No matter how old she may be, we never wish that our dear mother leaves us. My prayer is that our prayers help comfort Aregbesola.

“My condolences also go out to other members of the Aregbesola family. We will never forget mama. We would pray for her as she prayed for us. May God grant her eternal rest.”, Tinubu said.

Also, Governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Ibikunke Amosun and Abiola Ajimobi respectively, have commiserated with Aregbesola over the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu

Amosun, in a statement, signed by his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, said the Governor’s late mother, popularly called ‘Iya Olobi’, was a devout Muslim, who dedicated her life to the relentless teaching and zealous practise of the core values of Islam.

Also, Oyo State Governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, described Madam Aregbesola’s demise as depressing and disheartening.

Ajimobi described the deceased as a pride to womanhood and pillar of support to her son. The Governor said Mama Aregbesola deserved to be celebrated for living a life worthy of emulation and for nurturing her children to stardom.

8-Day Fidau: Nigerian Leaders Charged To Remember Death In Their Dealings

An erudite Islamic Scholar, Dr Taofeek Abdulhamid urged people in positions of power to remember that their stay in office is for a limited time that underscores it for them to be of good deeds at all times.

 

Dr Abdulhamid urged them to pious in their deeds and fear Allah in their dealings.

 

The Islamic Scholar stated this at the play ground of Zenababs Resorts and Suites, Ilesa where dignitaries from all walks of life graced the eight day fidau prayers for the mother of the Osun State governor, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola.

 

He stressed that it is incumbent on everyone to prepare for the hereafter with good deeds and as well eschew all forms of Misdeed to be in Allah’s unlimited care after they die.

 

Quoting from Quran chapter 57 v 20, the chief imam of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, urged individuals in position of authority to mend their ways and know God in all they do.

 

 

The event featured various prayers delivered by the Chief Imam of Offa, Sheik Muhydeen Salman, An erudite Islamic Scholar, Sheik Muhydeen Ajani Bello, the Chief Imam of Akure and an Imam from Kano, Sheik Ahmad Suleiman.

 

Also, there was a special rendition of Suratul Mulik by a cross section of Islamic clerics at the programme to appease Allah for the repose of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola’s soul.

 

Dignitaries at the Eight Day fidau were the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Akinwumi Ambode, Nasir El-Rufai, Abdulazeez Yari, Ayodele Fayose, Abiola Ajimobi, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ibikunle Amosun.

 

Others are the former Interim National chairman of the APC, chief Adebisi Akande, Former Chairman of the EFCC, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, captains of industries, The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi including other eminent Nigerians.

 

PHOTO STORY: Osinbajo, Govs, Others Storm Osun For 8-Day Fidau of Aregbesola’s Mother

The death of Alhaja Sarutu Aregbesola, the mother of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has brought together arrays of who is who in the society as they came to paid their last respect to a woman they all described as a virtuous woman.

 

The large turnout of dignitaries who storm the play ground of Zenababs Resorts and Suites, Ilesa for the 8-day Fidau prayers of ‘Iya Olobi’ only speaks of how impactful she was while on earth.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt Hon Lasun Yussu; Governors Akinwumi Ambode, Nasir El-Rufai, Abdulazeez Yari, Ayodele Fayose, Abiola Ajimobi, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ibikunle Amosun were all in attendant.

 

Others at the well-attended event include the pioneer Chairman of the APC Chief Adebisi Akande; former EFCC chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Royal Fathers, Ministers, Former Governors, captains of industries, Islamic clerics.

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Tribute To Maami – Alhaja Saratu Asabi Aregbesola

Mama was all and more than a mother should be – caring, loving, adoring, guiding, mentoring and mothering. She shaped my life and guided my steps. She was loving and strict, tender and tough, charming and harsh, warm and caustic, loyal and supportive, throughout our relationship. She was the ideal mother.
Mooomi was an unforgettable source of inspiration, a pillar of support, a good role model and a worthy jewel of inestimable value.Death came quietly in the morning of August 1, 2017 and took my mother, Alhaja Saratu Asabi Aregbesola, affectionately known as Mama Olobi, to the great beyond in Aljana. It was however a transition to glory.

Mama lived a full and exemplary life. She was a good woman by the Islamic, Yoruba culture and universal human standards. She was a good wife, a great mother, a deeply devoted Muslim and a philanthropist.

She was born in Ibiade Ijebu Waterside on September 10, 1933 to Ali-Balogun Aduroja of the Esho Otolorin Aduroja Family of Obaala Akerele Sarabi Farore Family and Aishat Ali-Balogun Aduroja of Owoso family, both of Okesa-Ilesa.

She spent her early and formative years in Ilesa with her paternal aunt, Madam Ayisatu Esho Aduroja (Iya Onila), a famous okra trader in Idi-Oshe market, in Okesa Ilesa. Young Saratu Ali-Balogun Aduroja met her husband, Alhaji Ahmad-Rufai Ali-Aregbesola from Ogbon Arogbo in Ilesa, and they got married on October 1, 1951. The trajectory of her life eventually followed that of her husband’s from that golden moment.

As it is with every Ijesa indigene, whose provenance must be a remote countryside, Alhaji Rufai’s provenance was Urogbo village, Atakunmosa East Local Government Area. He was a dashing young man who had learnt the modern vocational craft of carpentry and joinery. Then, it was a modern art form introduced by Europeans and returnee slaves from especially Brazil but was a wonder to the locals who lived mostly in mud and thatched roof houses.

By stroke of circumstances, Pa Rufai was engaged by the contractor handling Saint John’s Anglican Church, Iloro, Ilesa in his Ifofin neighbourhood, for the carpentry and joinery work of a new cathedral being built there. The cathedral remains an imposing architectural masterpiece till today. The contractor was Pa Aliyu from Ikare-Akoko.

However, after the completion of this building, the contractor moved to another project in Ikare-Akoko, the construction of the Chapel of the new Anglican School in the town; Victory College, Ikare-Akoko in present Ondo State, the northernmost political division of Western Region. Being impressed with Pa Rufai’s skill, dexterity and diligence in Ilesa, he quickly invited him to be part of the new Chapel he was building again in Ikare.

Pa Rufai took his second wife to Ikare where he had settled and found accommodation. God blessed his work and prospered him in Ikare where he had all his children, was able to build his own houses in both Ikare and Ilesa, owned vehicles, trained all his children and lived a comfortable middle class life.

He returned to Ilesa later in life where he lived the rest of his life before his passage on July 29, 1992.It was the manifest destiny of Alhaja Saratu to embark on this journey of life with her husband. These were the circumstances that shaped her own life and cut her persona. It was in this course that she manifested her sterling qualities as wife, mother, a devout Muslim and good citizen.

Mama was an astute trader who learnt how to trade from birth. It is often said that it is in the DNA of every Ijesa to be enterprising. During her growing up years, it was the practice for Ijesas to travel to far and near places for trading; either to bring essential goods to their people or take needed goods and items to others to buy. They were also very shrewd business people.

The Ijesas would be quick to persuade a customer to buy on credit, usually textiles and household goods, and would wait until he or she wore the cloth or use the items before returning to importune the debtor for payment, which often involve embarrassing methods.

Mama was a good trader who moved from petty trading to sedentary but big kolanut trading, for which she became famous in Ijesaland and beyond. She not only mastered the trade, she became a leader of Kolanut and bitter kola traders.

Since her return to Ilesa with her husband, she had lived in the family house. The only occasion she had to seek refuge elsewhere was on account of my ambition then to be governor of the State of Osun in 2007. The politics of bitterness at the time blinded the party in power in the state at that time to basic rule of decency. When threats to her life could no longer be ignored, she relocated to Lagos after the governorship election of April 14, 2007 and could only return in August, 2011 after I regained my mandate.

Mama was blessed with five children: Alhaja Wosilat Adunni Oseni-Ishola (deceased), my humble self, Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Amudat Adenike Oladeji, Bashiru Adediran Aregbesola and Sikiru Oladele Aregbesola as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren who are all testimonies to her greatness as a mother.

Alhaja Saratu was a devout Muslim. She had committed her life since her youth to the service and worship of Allah SWT and was fortunate to meet a husband who encouraged her along this line. She was a member of the Nawarudeen Islamic Society and Egbe Olobi. She remained there till her departure. After the demise of her husband in 1992, and her children who are grownups found their feet in life, she devoted herself to deeper commitment to Allah SWT in prayer, piety, philanthropy and Islamic charities.

Mama left a remarkable legacy as a faithful wife, loving mother, community leader of no mean repute, leading kola nuts trader and a devout Muslim. Mama was kind-hearted and generous of spirit and of her substance. She freely gave of her fountain of wisdom. She was hard working and industrious.

Though we will always miss her, we are filled with joy that her vivacious spirit remains with us and she continues to live through us in the seeds of discipline, hard work and motherly love she had sown in us. She was a mother in a million.

• Aregbesola is governor of the State of Osun.

Death And The Governor’s Mother, By Abiodun Komolafe

“Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Rauf Aregbesola must be an extremely sad man, feeling empty and alone, as we speak. This is because, in a spate of two weeks, the governor of the State of Osun has lost two particularly dear friends to the cold fangs of death. First to answer the final call was Olu Abiola, a foremost industrialist, socialite and philanthropist who was not only “an invaluable asset in the business world”, but also “gave his all to the cause of” Aregbesola’s administration. Abiola gave up the ghost on July 16, 2017 and the world mourned the passing of a patriot! Two weeks after, precisely, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the matriarch of the Aregbesola family in Ilesa, and the governor’s mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, also exited this sad, sick and insane world of war and the vagaries of its sinfulness. Rauf lost her beloved mother and a chapter in the history of his events-filled life came to a close.

Though grieving is a natural reaction to a loss, the solace in these two sad events is that both grew relatively old before accessing the hereafter. Like Abiola, Iya Olobi, as she was fondly called, will be sorely missed by the governor. Just recently, the governor informed a stunned audience that he has three homes in Osun State. First is Government House at Oke Fia in Osogbo, his official residence. Second is her mother’s, in Ilaje, Ilesa. And third is Abiola’s house in Oke Omiru, also in Ilesa. Now,  two of  these ‘homes’ are bereaved and one can imagine the gravity of the governor’s grief.

As we all know, being a governor’s mother, especially, in this part of the world carries along with it a lot of responsibilities. The ‘challenge’ of that office is so threateningly enormous that, once upon a time in Nigeria, a ‘Mother Excellency’ almost seized control of the powers constitutionally vested in her son as governor of a state. But Aregbesola was with a difference! I doubt if she ever interfered in governance issues in Osun. And it’s not recorded anywhere that she ever used her influence to curry favour anywhere. The present state of the road on which her house in Ilesa is situated bears eloquent testimony to this.

But, what is life that its “meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still”? On the other hand, why is death described as “a gift to have more life” and why did Walker Scott see it as “the final awakening”? Of course, that’s why I seriously disagree with Will Rogers that being a hero is more of knowing when to die because “prolonged death has ruined more men than it ever made.” For instance, were Rauf to have a choice between losing his mother now, when the possibility of the state shutting down to accord her a befitting burial is high, and letting her live longer till say, when “the phones no longer ring”, I’m sure he’d have opted for the latter. That goes to explain the importance of parents in a man’s life!

Iya Olobi’s vision of life was remarkable. She trained her children, sometimes, through the seeming endless valleys of travails, to become responsible citizens in the society. She neither wavered nor faltered in nurturing them, sometimes through the physical thistles and the psychological toughness of a journey of life which, in many instances, attempted to dilute her faith. Despite the winding and the wearisome nature of the journey, she did all that’s worth doing  to give her children’s future a meaning.

“Life”, in Marion Howard’s words, “is like a blanket – too short.”  This  “mutual hostility” is also said to be about wars; you win some, you lose some. Sadly, but with total submission to the will of Allah, Iya Olobi has lost the final struggle of life to death! So, rather than grieve over what’s inevitable, the governor and his siblings should reflect and, with hearts full of praise, appreciate God for having such a wonderful mother who has in no small way added value to their lives. More importantly, the governor should be thankful to the Allah for letting his mother see him through success, notably, as an engineer, a ‘chattered politician”, and “an astute administrator with a vision, one blessed with the ability to picture into the fortunes, hopes and desires of a future which best is yet to come for dear state.”

Like mother, like son! Japheth Omojuwa describes him as a “seemingly ordinary man with the proven extraordinary abilities” while Joe Igbokwe sees him as “a repository of trust and confidence among his followers.” Aregbesola has helped a great deal in the transformation of Osun from the shameless sensualities of the Ancient Times and the ruthless ferocity of the Dark Ages into “a developed, cleaner, safer and more beautiful state” that, in another 30 years, Osun will no doubt be a reference point to other states in terms of infrastructure development. His promise of a brighter future has been unsurpassable in the history of the state. Little wonder Aregbesola is one of the most outstanding and credible personalities the Nigerian nation has ever known.

In 1890, Crowfoot on his deathbed famously referred to life as the “flash of a firefly in the night“; “the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime“; and “the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Without doubt, Iya Olobi’s life brings to memory All Progressives Party (APC), interestingly, a political party co-founded and nurtured into adulthood by his governor-son. Truth be told, APC is fractured in not less than 10 states. Wolves in sheep’s clothing and politicians with no fixed identity are threatening the survival of the party and it seems as if the Father Christmas of our immediate past has lost the essence of his gift. But I believe that this challenge is not insurmountable if only the leadership can learn some salient lessons from the life, travails and the triumph of Rauf’s mother. Her inspiring life and unwavering commitment to excellence have shown that living in questionable submission to the fatal fantasies of life is not always an option.

May Allah grant the soul of the faithful departed Al-Janat!

Ameen!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])

Abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State.

The Governor’s Mother, By Abiodun Komolafe

“Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”

– George Bernard Shaw

 

Rauf Aregbesola must be an extremely sad man, feeling empty and alone, as we speak. This is because, in a spate of two weeks, the governor of the State of Osun has lost two particularly dear friends to the cold fangs of death. First to answer the final call was Olu Abiola, a foremost industrialist, socialite and philanthropist who was not only “an invaluable asset in the business world”, but also “gave his all to the cause of” Aregbesola’s administration. Abiola gave up the ghost on July 16, 2017 and the world mourned the passing of a patriot! Two weeks after, precisely, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the matriarch of the Aregbesola family in Ilesa, and the governor’s mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, also exited this sad, sick and insane world of war and the vagaries of its sinfulness. Rauf lost her beloved mother and a chapter in the history of his events-filled life came to a close.

 

Though grieving is a natural reaction to a loss, the solace in these two sad events is that both grew relatively old before accessing the hereafter. Like Abiola, Iya Olobi, as she was fondly called, will be sorely missed by the governor. Just recently, the governor informed a stunned audience that he has three homes in Osun State. First is Government House at Oke Fia in Osogbo, his official residence. Second is her mother’s, in Ilaje, Ilesa. And third is Abiola’s house in Oke Omiru, also in Ilesa. Now,  two of  these ‘homes’ are bereaved and one can imagine the gravity of the governor’s grief.

 

As we all know, being a governor’s mother, especially, in this part of the world carries along with it a lot of responsibilities. The ‘challenge’ of that office is so threateningly enormous that, once upon a time in Nigeria, a ‘Mother Excellency’ almost seized control of the powers constitutionally vested in her son as governor of a state. But Aregbesola was with a difference! I doubt if she ever interfered in governance issues in Osun. And it’s not recorded anywhere that she ever used her influence to curry favour anywhere. The present state of the road on which her house in Ilesa is situated bears eloquent testimony to this.

 

But, what is life that its “meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still”? On the other hand, why is death described as “a gift to have more life” and why did Walker Scott see it as “the final awakening”? Of course, that’s why I seriously disagree with Will Rogers that being a hero is more of knowing when to die because “prolonged death has ruined more men than it ever made.” For instance, were Rauf to have a choice between losing his mother now, when the possibility of the state shutting down to accord her a befitting burial is high, and letting her live longer till say, when “the phones no longer ring”, I’m sure he’d have opted for the latter. That goes to explain the importance of parents in a man’s life!

 

Iya Olobi’s vision of life was remarkable. She trained her children, sometimes, through the seeming endless valleys of travails, to become responsible citizens in the society. She neither wavered nor faltered in nurturing them, sometimes through the physical thistles and the psychological toughness of a journey of life which, in many instances, attempted to dilute her faith. Despite the winding and the wearisome nature of the journey, she did all that’s worth doing  to give her children’s future a meaning.

 

“Life”, in Marion Howard’s words, “is like a blanket – too short.”  This  “mutual hostility” is also said to be about wars; you win some, you lose some. Sadly, but with total submission to the will of Allah, Iya Olobi has lost the final struggle of life to death! So, rather than grieve over what’s inevitable, the governor and his siblings should reflect and, with hearts full of praise, appreciate God for having such a wonderful mother who has in no small way added value to their lives. More importantly, the governor should be thankful to the Allah for letting his mother see him through success, notably, as an engineer, a ‘chattered politician”, and “an astute administrator with a vision, one blessed with the ability to picture into the fortunes, hopes and desires of a future which best is yet to come for dear state.”

 

Like mother, like son! Japheth Omojuwa describes him as a “seemingly ordinary man with the proven extraordinary abilities” while Joe Igbokwe sees him as “a repository of trust and confidence among his followers.” Aregbesola has helped a great deal in the transformation of Osun from the shameless sensualities of the Ancient Times and the ruthless ferocity of the Dark Ages into “a developed, cleaner, safer and more beautiful state” that, in another 30 years, Osun will no doubt be a reference point to other states in terms of infrastructure development. His promise of a brighter future has been unsurpassable in the history of the state. Little wonder Aregbesola is one of the most outstanding and credible personalities the Nigerian nation has ever known.

 

In 1890, Crowfoot on his deathbed famously referred to life as the “flash of a firefly in the night“; “the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime“; and “the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Without doubt, Iya Olobi’s life brings to memory All Progressives Party (APC), interestingly, a political party co-founded and nurtured into adulthood by his governor-son. Truth be told, APC is fractured in not less than 10 states. Wolves in sheep’s clothing and politicians with no fixed identity are threatening the survival of the party and it seems as if the Father Christmas of our immediate past has lost the essence of his gift. But I believe that this challenge is not insurmountable if only the leadership can learn some salient lessons from the life, travails and the triumph of Rauf’s mother. Her inspiring life and unwavering commitment to excellence have shown that living in questionable submission to the fatal fantasies of life is not always an option.

 

May Allah grant the soul of the faithful departed Al-Janat!

 

Ameen!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])

 

Abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State.

‎’It Is Very Tough To Lose One’s Mother’ – Aregbesola Mourns Mother’s Exit

… as Kwara Gov. Fatai Ahmed pays him condolence visit

 

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on ‎Friday described the death of his mother as a great blow to Aregbesola dynasty and womanhood.

 

This was as the Kwara State Governor, AbdulFatai Ahmed described Aregbesola’s mother as a complete epitome of womanhood.

 

Governor Aregbesola stated this while hosting the Kwara state Governor who came to pay a condolence visit to him over the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola.

Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola died at the age of 84 year on Tuesday and buried on the same day in her residence, Ilesa, Osun state.

 

Governor Aregbesola said the death of his mother was in no doubt caused him a deep sorrow, describing it as a ‘deep disaster’.

 

According to him, there is no strict definition of sorrow than a moment of great sadness which he’s personally undergoing over the demise of his mother.

 

“My mother would have been 85 years in the next few weeks if she had not died, but even at 90 years, I will not wish her dead.

“So it is a deep sorrow that I have to lose my mother as her death was not only shocking but painful to me personally.

 

“Her death has made me to know further that it is very tough to lose one’s mother, aside looking good on camera, within me, I have a feeling of great loss, but I am consoled with the voluminous condolences and expression of sympathies and love from all quarters.

 

“This is an attestation to the fact that my mother is very happy in her new station most especially for the expression of concerns and sympathies received across faiths and personalities from all walks of life.

 

“May God translate all these grieves, condolences to rewards for my mother wherever she is now and grant her soul the best place in the Aljana Fridao (paradise).

 

“May Allah spare the lives of those she left behind and make us live longer.

 

While appreciating the condolences from President Muhammadu Buhari and others, Governor Aregbesola beseeched God to reward in good for being concerned over the death of his mother.

 

In his condolence remarks, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulFatai Ahmed, thanked Allah for taking late Saratu Aregbesola  at a time her demise is being celebrated globally.

 

Governor Ahmed who led members of the Kwara state Executive Council, politicians and top government functionaries to Osogbo, described the demise of Mama as ‎a painful exit.

 

He said Alhaja Saratu had lived a fulfilled life that is full of good legacies worthy of emulation, saying Mama would be forever remembered for giving the world a good son personified by Governor Aregbesola.

 

Governor Ahmed added, “We have come to commiserate with our brother Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun, over the passing on of our dear mother.

 

“We have to be grateful to Allah for making Mama to see the successes of her children most especially the landmark achievements made by Governor Aregbesola in taking the people of Osun state to greater height.

 

“We pray God to give you and other members of the family the strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May God continue to stand by you, uphold you, guide you and protect you as you forge ahead to develop the state”.

 

Advising the bereaved on the need to emulate the good legacies left behind by Aregbesola’s mother, Governor Ahmed said “the essence of life is for one to live and leave good legacies behind.”