Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi in Sagamu.
Abiodun expressed shock at the demise of the late first Professor of Medicine in the country, saying the deceased represented one of the best and brightest that Ogun State would ever hoped for.
“He was an icon not only in the field of medicine but a professor of professors that made Ogun a reference point. He simply was a forerunner in the standard of excellence by which our state is known,” he said.
Professor Ogunlesi passed on at his country home in Sagamu in the early hours of Friday, aged 99.
“I was looking forward to coming here to mark his 100th birthday, but God knows why He has taken him. His contributions to scholarship and human capital development should console us. He was a pioneer and intellectual giant of no mean accomplishments,” he added.
Abiodun reiterated the virtues of honesty, commitment and selflessness that he identified as hallmarks of Professor Ogunlesi existence.
Earlier, at the funeral service for Prof Gbolade Osinowo, the former Chief of Staff to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, at Ijebu Igbo, identified these characteristics as virtues Nigerians must hold on to during these difficult times, assuring citizens that the hard time that the country is currently passing through will soon subside.
Speaking at the Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ojowo, Ijebu-Igbo, Abiodun noted that the difficult time is not peculiar to the country alone.
He added that as if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, the Ukraine- Russia war started and disrupted the entire supply chain ranging from agriculture to manufacturing.
“These are very difficult times in the history of this state, very difficult times in the history of this country.
“Brethren, this difficult time is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, these are what we experienced post COVID-19 pandemic.”
While describing the former Senior Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a very humble man with a good character, he noted that he lived a life of value not only for himself, but also for his people and his community.
Abiodun stated that Osinowo stood by the truth and the state and the country, as a whole would miss him.
On the forthcoming general elections, Abiodun called on the congregation and the people of the state to go out and collect their permanent voter cards, saying that it is only with their PVCs that they can ensure good governance.
In his sermon titled “The home of the Believers”, the Diocesan Bishop of Ijebu North, the Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Solomon Kuponu, described the late Osinowo as a man who wasn’t corrupt during his time. He charged the congregation to learn from the life and times of the deceased.
The clergyman urged the congregation to exercise their franchise during the forthcoming elections, calling on those who are aiming for elective positions to ensure they serve the people diligently when elected into office.
Kuponu called on Christian politicians to take politics as a ministry to take care of the people.
Source: The Guardian