ORATION IN REMEMBRANCE OF ONE YEAR MEMORIAL OF EX -GOVERNOR ISIAKA ABIOLA AKANJI AJIMOBI
•A flower scorched in full bloom
A leaf withered while still green
A flame stamped out in full blaze
O GOD ,Look at the flashing darkness left behind.
•What a paradox,what a tragedy, that you -Isiaka Abiola Akanji Ajimobi, who was the pillars upon which your family and OYO state progressives rested ,was so suddenly broken by a cruel and unsympathetic death.
•Your death was a rude shock to me in far away USA ,on June 25th 2020 and those of us who knew you at very close quarters ,as it stood in sharp contrast against your wishes, your vitality and that very youthful spirit that was still in you-“Lagelu Archipelago“.
• You were a living specimen of simplicity, hardwork, honesty and unassuming intelligence .
• You battled the odds of this evanescent life ,until you secured your well deserved academic laurel in far away Bufallo New YORK USA,and two terms ever GOVERNORSHIP of our dear pace setter state-OYO.
•What a rewarding victory after such a nerve racking battle.!!!
•But Alhaji Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi ,just before you sat down to taste the fruits of your efforts,and the evolution of a modern Oyo State conceptualized and initiated by you,the cold hands of death snatched you away.
•You have not died in bitter pains. You have only emigrated to another stratum.
•The galaxy received you with heavy downpour that day ,as is usual for heavenly nobles ,princes and meteors.
•Like we OJA OBA boys ,you were fearless, could talk, could throw “boxing”
jabs at friends & foes when necessary, but not known to keep malice, but a large heart for forgiveness..
•On May 20th 2019 ,you called me to your office,
Doctor,you are one of the five people I like in this execo .”I have been under tremendous pressure?”
•What is your plan after May 29th 2019.?”
Straight to the USA, your excellency was my answer,not knowing the angel of death was lurking somewhere.
•Our succession differences ,ended without any preconditions on March 24th 2020 amicably ,as brothers with no third parties involved.-
3 months to
Your unforeseen demise.
•I worked closely with you -two fearless ,Oja Oba IBADAN ,brothers and proud of you, as well as your achievements in all areas.
“Doctor what do you think”was always your remarks.
•”We cannot hand over this GOVERNMENT to just anybody .”
•You detested eye services,
You could not be easily fooled.
• Let no one rejoice about your death ,as death is a leveler.
•Every soul shall taste death ,for in the midst of life ,we are surrounded by death .
•Unarguably and without any equivocation, you were the architect, initiator and builder of a modern OYO state, a continuing and endless process.
•Any arrogation of that attribute to any one else at this time is absurd, premature, spurious ,self serving & counterfeit.
•Security of lives and properties were paramount .
•The fear of “Operation BURST “was the beginning of wisdom for hoodlums.
•Oyo state residents slept with their two eyes closed.
•You called a spade a spade without pandering to the public .
•You were very decisive,
No genuflexion for electoral survival,but the best always for OYO State.
•You abhorred laziness and indolence with long hours at work.
•As a non booth licker and non sycophant anywhere in the world ,
I attest herein as a witness of facts & active participant,not as a praise singer ;to the whole world, you meant well for OYO state.
•”You were not perfect ,nobody is,
Only almighty Allah is & will forever be.”
•You cherished,& admired employees ,as well as appointees who could move Oyo State forward,
Employees that could add values,
In your words-“value chain additions”.
•Since your demise ,we have waited with bated breaths and “SIDDON LOOK “ in order not to prejudge and in wilful submission to the admonition of almighty GOD.
•What we have seen so far after you is;
motion instead of movement .
Stampede instead of orderliness.
Chaos instead of peace
Stagnation instead of progress
Apologies instead of firmness
Insecurity instead of security.
•Your shoes have been too tight and difficult to wear.
•So far you were and till this hour ,the best GOVERNOR ever to GOVERN OYO state ,evidenced by reproducible & available empirical data ,not flippancy or political gamesmanship.
•Your legacies will be defended and rejuvenated in the near future regardless of the effluxion of time -GOD WILLING ,since Power is transient and belongs to almighty ALLAH(SWT).
•Eternal rest ,grant my brother Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi – O LORD GOD,the best GOVERNOR ,so far in Oyo state and let perpetual lights shine on him.
•Preserve ,Protect,Defend and Support his family O almighty Allah (SWT) ,
•Forgive his sins and transgressions and grant his soul Aljana Fidau.
•For as “JULIUS CAESAR said “he came to this world,he saw ,and he conquered ,as well as transformed OYO state known for “brigandage “ into a better pedestal.
•Oyo state future history and the judgment of GOD (not the judgment of man ) ,will be very kind to you,not as a footnote ,but in the body.
•IBADAN LAND, OYO state and indeed NIGERIA had lost an “IROKO” tree,-ARE OF IBADAN,SENATOR,
Company CEO, role model,always cleanly and superbly dressed son of OJA OBA,witty and with ribs-cracking jokes .
•Rest on my brother -ISIAKA ABIOLA AKANJI AJIMOBI.
Consultant Cardiovascular surgeon
Consultant General surgeon
Registered Vascular Technologist ,
President ACDC IBADAN
Osi Basorun of Ibadan land,