…Oyo to fly flags at half-mast
Ajibola Olusoji, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has directed that flags in the state be flown at half-mast from Friday in honour of the former governor Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday at a private hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Governor Makinde, in a condolence message to the bereaved family, expressed shock over Ajimobi’s demise, describing him as an illustrious son of Oyo State.
Makinde’s condolence message read, “I was so sorry to hear the news of the passing away of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, which sad event took place earlier today.
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain the family must be going through at this time because of the loss of their patriarch. It is my prayer that God grants them all the strength to bear this great loss.
“I join the good people of Oyo State as we mourn the death of a statesman. I have directed that flags fly at half-mast tomorrow in honour of our brother, friend and illustrious son of Oyo State.
“Surely, he will be remembered for leaving a blueprint for some of the activities that our administration is now undertaking.
“The Oyo State Government will be extending to his family, all the courtesies deserving of his personage. May his soul rest in peace.”
Similarly, Makinde’s Osun State counterpart, Adegboyega Oyetola, described Ajimob’s death as unfortunate, painful and a great loss.
Oyetola, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said his thoughts and prayers were with the Ajimobi family, the All Progressives Congress and the people of Oyo State.
“I am shocked and saddened by the demise of Senator Abiola Ajimobi. His death is unfortunate, painful and a huge loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ajimobi family, his loved ones, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the people of Oyo State, whom he served meritoriously as Governor for eight years,” the governor said.
Oyetola noted that Ajimobi’s administration brought reforms and unprecedented development to Oyo and its people, adding that he changed the face of governance in the State.
He added, “As a two-term governor, Senator Ajimobi redefined governance in Oyo State. His administration embarked on unprecedented infrastructure development in the State and redefined the urban status and development profile of not only the capital city, Ibadan but other major cities in the State.
“Senator Ajimobi was also a true progressive and a loyal party man. He was committed to the ideals of the APC and will be sorely missed by the party.”
Governor Oyetola prayed to Almighty Allah to overlook Ajimobi’s shortcomings and grant him aljanah firdaus. He also asked God to comfort his family and loved ones.