Story By Akinola Emmanuel
The immediate past Ogun State Governor and Senator representing Ogun central, Senator Ibikunle Amosun led other dignitaries to the final funeral ceremony of Late Madam Asifawu Salami, mother of the former caretaker chairman, Akinyele local government and now the Oyo State chairman of the Federal Government Extension Special Public Works, Ope Salami.
The ceremony was like a political campaign with almost all political gladiators in attendance irrespective of party differences as they all danced and sang to the admiration of their supporters.
Aside from former Governor Ibikunle, others were former majority leader of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Teslim Folarin, former Oyo state speaker and member of the Oyo State Governor Advisory council, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, Senator Soji Akanbi, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Chairman, Nigeria lottery commission, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Alhaji Isiaka Alimi, former commissioners in the state, Alhaji Ambali and Barr Lowo Obisesan, former Majority Leader, OYHA, Hon Kehinde Subair, former Chief Whip, OYHA, Hon Murphy Adigun, former local government chairmen led by former, Ibadan South West Local Government, Mr Gbenga Opaleye, former chairmen, Olorunsogo local government Wasiu Olatunbosun.
Others are former local government chairman, Ibadan North East and North local government, Mr Lekan Afuye and Mr Yinka Akinbode, traditional leaders in the local government, party leaders in the state among others.
According to Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN) and Sen Monsurat Sunmonu, one of the son of the deceased, Ope Salami is a true reflection of who Mama was during her life time.
“Ope Salami, is a very good man, who is very respectful, regardless of your status. He is a responsible man”
“We are here to celebrate with him because of his humility and good character. The attendance of notable individuals shows the kind of person he is, even without asking about him.”
While describing his late mother, Ope Salami eulogised the great virtues of his mum which made him to be what he is today.
“My mother made sure all his children succeeded in life. Even at old age, she called me to check on me every now and then. I am definitely going to miss her a lot”
“My mother died a peaceful death. No sickness, nothing. Till Death came for her, she does her things herself including laundry. She was very agile. I thank God that she enjoyed the fruits of her labour before she embarked on the journey of no return.”
Late Mama Asifawu Salami died at the age of 92 and is survived by children and grandchildren.