Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Governor Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Governor Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) were among dignitaries at the eighth day prayer for Madam Sikiratu Omowumi Akande, wife of the former interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.
Others at the fidau were: Osun State Geputy Governor Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori; Osun State Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff to Osun Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; Osun State Head of Service (HoS), Olayinka Sunday Owoeye; former Ogun State Deputy Governor Segun Adesegun and former Osun State Deputy Governor Adeleke Adewoyin.
A delegation of the state House of Assembly and executive council members of the Aregbesola administration was at the prayers.
Aregbesola said every mortal must be conscious of the end-time, adding that it was necessary for people to always be reminded of the Day of Judgement in all they do.
The governor, who described the death of Mrs. Akande as a great loss to the state and Nigeria, said her demise would not only create a vacuum in Akande’s dynasty but the state and the Southwest.
He said though Madam Akande’s death was personally painful but he was consoled by the deceased’s service God and humanity.
Aregbesola said: “We are very grateful to God Almighty for the peaceful passage of Mrs Akande ýbecause as mortals we know that an end must come to our existence here on this planet.
“Though we are pained by this colossal loss and great transition of Mama, but it is our beliefs that her soul will be reposed in the finest Paradise by God.
We pray God to make her soul find a good location of rest in her new station.”
Consoling the immediate and extended Akande’s family on the demise of their loved one, Aregbesola prayed God to give Chief Akande and the children of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.