HID’s virtues re-echo at service of songs
Cleric charges Buhari not to be selective in anti-graft war
The memory and good deeds of the late matriach of the Awolowo dynasty, Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu was re-echoed on yesterday at a Christian wake-keep
and Service of Songs held at her residence, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.
The cleric, who preached the sermon in the well-attended event, at
Awolowo’s country home, Ikenne, charged President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to be selective in its war against corruption.
The Bishop of Remo Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev Michael Olusina Fape, advised president Buhari not to spare anyone found to be corrupt,
including even those who funded his campaign.” There is no doubt that people that join Buhari/ Yemi Osinbajo election train were people of questionable character but it is the will of God to use them to attain the position.”
Fape also charged the National Assembly members to be ‘truly honourable’ in their conducts and actions, saying “turning the floor of the National Assembly into a wrestling ground, does not make them honourable.”
The cleric said “ it is regrettable that most of our politicians have
wasted the destiny our country. It is pitiable that some of our
politicians, for selfish reasons are jumping from one party to the other, such politicians will suffer the consequencies of their actions.”
Fape challenged the country’s leaders to imbibe the all the qualities of
late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his wife, Chief HID Awolowo, which he mentioned them to include honesty, transparency, selflessness and patriotism. He said it was unfortunate that even those the politicians turned the Awolowo’s country home in Ikenne to mecca, they never imbibed the virtues of Awolowo and his wife.
He recalled that some corrupt politicians who hated Awo’s principles
‘criminalise him and jailed him, only to turn around and say after his
death that he was the best president Nigeria never had.
Fape, who disclosed that he was a beneficiary of Awolowo’s free education,
preached on “Let Me Die The Death Of The Righteous.” He admonished all to
always bare in mind that they would one day die after which ghey would give
acciubt to their creator, hence they should live the kife of righteousness,
insisting that such is the only way to enjoy eternal life.
Said he, “Blessed are those who died in the Lord and I am happy that mama
(HID) died in the Lord.
“All of us would give account to our creature when we die. There is no
alteratiin after death, no matter yiur wealth, influence and mstatus in
life, you’ll die one day and you can’t influence it.”
The Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) gubernatorial cabdidate in the last
election in the state, Otunba Olatunde Rotimi Paseda, in a brief remark
started “as we celebrate the exit of mama HID Awolowo, a woman of
substance, conviction, human passion for the wellbeibg of the massss and
undeniable love fod the less priviledgedm let us all join hands in ensuring
a just, progressive and equitable nation, devoud of corruption, oppression
of the masses and wanton destructiin of lives and properties.
Personalities in attendance include, the Vice – President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, an in-law of the Awolowos, first civilian governor of Lagos
State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Afenifere chieftains, Chief Ayo Adebanjo,
Lanihun Ajayi and Senator Biyi Durojaye