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Makinde didn’t call, pay condolence visit, says Mrs Ajimobi

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Wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi

Ola Ajayi and Adeola Badru, Ibadan

THE wife of the former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Mrs Florence Ajayi has said the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde did not call or paid her visit since the death of her husband last Thursday.

She said this just as Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum led by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, paid condolence visit to the family of the ex-governor.

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The widow of the former governor who was buried amid tight security yesterday advised the governor to avoid playing politics with the death of her husband.

Mrs Ajimobi said, “I read in the newspapers a few days ago that the governor of Oyo state Engr. Seyi Makinde claimed to call me and I didn’t pick up, he never paid Ajimobi’s family a visit since my husband was admitted to hospital, neither has he sent anyone nor sent us a message”.

“I don’t have his contact and I have never spoken to him. Even if he called me and I didn’t pick up because of my mourning state, he could have sent me a message”.

“Ajimobi’s family is not competing with him in any way, we are all working for the growth, development, and progress of Oyo state, although our party might be different, we are working for the same goal.

“Do I need to send an official message to the governor to inform him about the death of my husband before he could send us a condolence message or pay us a condolence visit? It is not pleasant to hearings. What kind of politics are we playing?”

“As a former public Chief Servant, who had assiduously served this state, he deserved some honours and not show of shame when he had gone to rest. He never planned to go this soon, he could be anybody as no one knows the next moment.”

Speaking on behalf of the governors, Fayemi, sympathized and prayed with the family to Almighty Allah for the repose of the deceased soul.

Other governors who visited include Alhaji Umaru Ganduje (Kano), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).

Ajimobi buried amid tight security

The remains of the former governor were interred yesterday amid tight security.

The former acting national chairman of the All Progressive Congress was buried at his Oluyole residence at 10:05 am on Sunday.

Clerics at the burial included Alhaji Kunle Saani, Sheik Muideen Bello, Chief Imam of Ibadan land, Shik Abubakri  Abdleganiyu Agbotomokekere,  among others.

Earlier, the family had informed the general public that the remains of the former governor would be taken to his Oke-Ado mosque and his Oja-Oba family house.

But the story was different when Vanguard correspondent noticed that some Islamic clerics who performed the burial in Islamic rite moved out of his house after the burial.

Few journalists were allowed near the graveside of the former governor so as to abide by COVID-19 protocols.

At 12 noon, prayers were later offered at the Sen. Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.

Burial still in line with Islamic Injunction

Some Islamic clerics have said burying him four days after was still in line with Islamic injunction.

While speaking with Vanguard on the delay in burying him, a personal assistant to the Chief Imam of Ibadan, AbdulFatai Alaga said if there was an issue that delayed the burial, it could be put on hold but must not exceed the third day.

Even though it was four days after his death, the Islamic leaders clarified that counting of days in Islam differs from the normal counting in the secular, noting that in the Islamic calendar, it was just three days and not four days.

Another Islamic cleric, AbdulFatai Mohammed, and Waheed Adebayo clarified that “if the person died in the morning, he could be buried at 2 pm or 4 pm on that same day”.

” But, if that person died at night or morning, he can be buried between 2 and 4 pm”.

According to them, when a person is not buried at the expected time due to any unforeseen circumstances, it is called Dorushi.

Controversy over burial venue

Earlier, there was a heated controversy over where the ex-governor should be buried.

Vanguard gathered that the Oyo State Government was reportedly reluctant in allowing Ajimobi family to bury the body at Agodi GRA due to a pending court case.

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