Otegbeye’s Remains Laid To Rest
EMINENT personalities, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo bade the late Dr. Tunji Otegbeye farewell as he was buried at his Ilaro, Ogun State country home yesterday.
Otegbeye, foremost medical doctor, political activist and an elder statesman passed on about a couple of months ago. All those who spoke at the “Open Air” funeral service organized by the Yewa Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) described the deceased as a great nationalist who used his talents to serve the nation and humanity.
The roll call included Gen. Oladipo Diya, Governor Gbenga Daniel, Chief Reuben Fasaranti, Maj. Gen. Tunji Olurin and Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo. The others are Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Boe Olajumoke, and Chief Ayo Adebanjo. The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader Dr. Frederick Faseun, Dr. Femi Okurounmu, Alhaji Adegbenga Kaka and representatives of traditional rulers were also present.
The service was conducted by the Archbishop of the United African Church, Most Rev. Patrick Ajibogun who also extolled the virtues of the deceased.
The cleric urged Nigerians to re-dedicate themselves to God, saying Otegbeye served God and humanity during his lifetime with all dedication.
In a goodwill message Governor Gbenga Daniel described Otegbeye as a great political icon and a “good radical” who stood on the path of truth.
Daniel said Nigeria had lost a mentor, stressing: “We have lost a great mentor and icon whose aspects of his life reflected mentoring”.
The remains of the late chieftain of the Action Congress (AC) and Afenifere, the Yoruba Political group was later laid to rest amidst wailing.