Dignitaries from all walks of life on Thursday thronged Ilesa, the country home of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state on the three day Fidau Prayer of the Governor’s mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola who died last Tuesday.
This was as the Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola described the death of his mother as an evidence that all mortal shall taste death.
Governor Aregbesola’s mother died at the early hours of Tuesday at 84-year in her residence, Ilesa, Osun State.
The ancient city of Ilesa was agog with mega stars in Nigeria’s socio-political space as personalities like the National Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief AbdulKareen Adebisi Akande, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, Minister for Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole personally present.
Others in attendance are: Former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun Military Governor, Colonel Theophillus Bamigboye. Former Minister for state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Senator Sola Adeyeye, members from state and national assemblies, Speaker Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam, Secretary to the Osun state Government, Moshood Adeoti, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, members of the state Executives Council.
The traditional rulers were led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi while the Muslim clerics were led by the President, Osun League of Imams and Alfas, Sheik Musa Animasaun.
The occasion also witnessed the presence of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, captains of industry, politicians among other dignitaries.
The remains of late Saratu Aregbesola was buried on Thursday amidst tributes and condolences from all quarters as many described the deceased as a rare mother.
The Guest Lecturer, Sheik Maroof Ishola described death as the only inevitable thing in life, admonishing people to always be conscious of end times.
Sheik Ishola who is also the Mufasir of Osogboland, stressed the need for people to move closer to God and prioritise good deeds in life, saying it is the panacea to eternal rest in paradise.
However, Governor Aregbesola in his vote of thanks, expressed gratitude to all and sundry most especially the religious leaders for being part of the funeral activities since his mother died.
Aregbesola who his eldest son, Kabir Aregbesola spoke on his behalf, described the exist of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a significant departure in the Aregbesola’s dynasty.
He prayed God to repose her soul and grant her the best place in her new state.