The Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun yesterday shut down his hometown, Isarun, in Ifedore Local Government as he bid his mum, Chief (Mrs) Mary Asake Oleyelogun farewell.
The funeral service of Late Mrs Mary Oleyelogun took place at Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Anu, Isarun and was attended by the vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, represented by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, his deputy, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Ade Adetimehin, members of the State Executive council, Chairmen of Local Government Council, Traditional rulers, among other dignitaries from all walks of life.
Ondo State House of Assembly members were also in attendance.
In his sermon titled “You can’t live forever”, Pastor Emmanuel Arowolo, Ifedore Zonal Suprintendent stated that the bible says we are dust and dust we shall return, stressing that anyone who believes they will live forever are only deceiving themselves irrespective of the post they hold.
“There are people who have occupied some offices but they are no longer there, either you like it or not, your seat will be vacant one day and in anything you do, always remember that”.
Speaking from 1st Samuel chapter 20 verse 18, Arowolo urged anyone tormenting their junior workers in the office to desist from such act because one day, they will vacate the office.
“Repent, change your ways, Jesus is coming soon”, he said.
Governor Akeredolu described Late Mrs Oleyelogun as lucky mother who witnessed the progress and success of her children in her lifetime.
” I congratulate you for surviving your aged mother who had enjoyed the rare grace of living for a century and two years. To live up to 102 is no mean feat. Nevertheless, there is always a sense of pain associated with loss, especially of one’s mother. The reality that we will never see them again until the resurrection morning, is heartbreaking and depressing”.
“Nevertheless, your mother deserves to be celebrated not mourned. She not only lived long but lived a fulfilled life. In her lifetime, she witnessed as you climbed the political ladders and emerged the Speaker of our dear State. She felt the great joy of motherhood and died a fulfilled woman”.
Governor Akeredolu described Late Mrs Asake as a woman who was devoted to the service of God and humanity.
The Asarun of Isarun, Oba Joseph Adebobola said late Mrs Asake has impacted in her children’s lives and others in the community and her demise will be greatly felt.
The monarch urged the speaker and his family to take solace in God.
Ifedore local government chairman, Engr Alex Oladimeji noted that Late Mrs Asake was known to be a philanthropist, very considerate of others, wonderful and caring to all and sundry and has lived a meaningful life.
Mrs Christianah Adebowale, Mama’s first daughter noted that her mother was an example to women in the society on how you live a faithful life and has served the Lord wholeheartedly.
“Despite the fact that she had no formal education, she was a disciplinarian, not in terms of beating but firm in guiding her children aright through the words of God and other areas based on her experience”.
The speaker in his reaction, appreciated the Governor and his cabinet members and other guests who came to celebrate his mother with him, adding that death is inevitable as we will all embark on eternal journey one day.
Oleyelogun added that no write ups could adequately quantify how magnificent his mother’s existence was and would always keep her in his heart.
Guests were later entertained at St. Luke’s Anglican Primary school field, Isarun.