*Osun state government declares three-days mourning
*Says it’s a big loss for South West region – Ambode
Remains of Senator Isiaka Adeleke has been buried at his residence in Ede on Monday. His corpse was brought to the residence from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo at about 10:46 a.m., where the Chief Imam of Ede, Moshood Akaje performed the funeral prayers at about 11:03 a.m.
His body was immediately buried after the prayers amidst tears by families, friends and political associates. It was a very emotional setting.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Ibikule Amosun of Ogun, were among the dignitaries that attended the burial.
Earlier in his sermon, Ibrahim Adekilekun, the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen, Ede, described Senator Isiaka Adeleke as a man loved by all during his life time.
The Chief Imam noted that death is inevitable for all humans. He urged family members not to fight anyone over Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s death.
Meanwhile, the Osun Government has declared a three-day mourning in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Semiu Okanlawon, the media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
“This is in honour of the departed first Civilian Governor of the State of Osun, Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke. The 3-day mourning period commences from Monday, 24th April, 2017. During the period of mourning, all flags are to fly half mast,” the statement said.
In a related development, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode expressed shock and sadness over the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Adeleke’s death was a huge loss to the entire Southwest region and the Yoruba nation across the world.
“I was deeply shocked to learn of his death this morning. Only last month, he was in Lagos to join us celebrate our party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He made his mark first as the first civilian Governor of Osun State and then as a Senator, he was one of the most prominent lawmakers who did not shy away from issues that affected Nigerians in general.
“He was very passionate about Nigeria’s progress and contributed immensely to the expansion of progressive politics especially in the South West. Senator Adeleke was a loving man, a peace maker, a grassroots politician and a detribalized Nigerian who was well loved by his people,” Governor Ambode said.
The Governor prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul, urging his family to draw strength from the fact that he made meaningful impact during his lifetime.
Governor Ambode also commiserated with the people of Osun State, especially the people of Osun West Senatorial Zone and Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola over the sad loss.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the people of South West Nigeria and Nigerians in general on this great and irreparable loss. He will be sorely missed”, he said.
The news of the three-term senator’s demise also elicited reactions from eminent Nigerians, who described the incident as shocking and sad. Those who reacted to the development include President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator Solomon Adeola and former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others.