BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — ABEOKUTA, the Ogun State capital, was agog, yesterday, as people from all walks of life paid their last respect to First Republic Health Minister, a foremost obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi, at his funeral service held at the Holy Trinity Church (Anglican Communion), Ikereku, Abeokuta North Local Council.
Born in 1916 at Ikereku District of Abeokuta, the late Majekodunmi died in Lagos on April 11, 2012.
At the funeral service were former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; literary icon and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; Governors of Ogun, Oyo and Ondo states, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi and Segun Mimiko respectively.
There were also former governors of Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states, Segun Osoba, Segun Agagu, Segun Oni and Olagunsoye Oyinlola respectively as well as traditional rulers among others.
In his funeral oration, Amosun said Papa Majekodunmi, the Otun of Egbaland, lived a fulfilled life, noting: “Baba was not only an icon of the Majekodunmi clan, but even in death, he remains one of the leading lights of Ogun State.”
Amosun said the success story of the top class private health centre established by the deceased, St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, was a testimony to the exceptional entrepreneurial skill of the late minister because “that hospital has continued to be a reference centre in medicare services not only in Nigeria but the entire west coast of Africa.”
He lauded the contribution of Majekodunmi to the socio-economic development of Egbaland, describing him as one of the leading lights of Ogun State and Nigeria, who made remarkable impacts on the lives of many Nigerians.
Gov. Amosun stressed that the late Egba High Chief made a mark in his chosen career and other endeavours, adding that Majekodunmi remained a role model to the younger generation.
In his sermon, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Rev. Emmanuel Adekunle, urged Christians to always get prepared to meet their Lord.
Rev. Adekunle described Majekodunmi as a faithful philanthropist and a true nationalist, noting that he made innumerable contributions to the development of Ogun State and Nigeria.
According to him, Majekodunmi fostered unity among the Yoruba and was a rallying point for all and centre of attraction to Egba-Oke-Ona.
The Bishop also noted the deceased’s exemplary character, contribution to healthcare system as former Health minister and the establishment of the St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos and urged current leaders to
Also, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Rt. Revd. E.O. Adekunle, said Dr Majekodunmi was a devoted Christian who trained his children in the way of the Lord.
He said the late Health Minister served the nation meritoriously and was never accused of corruption and urged the present leaders to emulate the virtues of Pa Majekodunmi