The mortal body of Tribune Publisher, Chief Oluwole Bolade Akanni Awolowo was on Friday interred in his hometown, Ikenne in Ogun State. He was buried at the St. Saviour’s Anglican Church cemetry after a funeral service which was well attended by people from all walks of life.
While stressing that the deceased lived a fulfilled life, the preacher, Rev.Olushina Fape in the course of his sermon advised politicians to shun corruption which he said is militating against the progress of Nigeria. The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said “Ogun State has lost a big son.” He said he would always remember the late Awolowo especially for his role during the last governorship election in Ogun State. Labaran Maku, the Minister of Information who led the Federal Government’s delegation described Awolowo’s death as “a colossal loss to the nation and the entire Yoruba race”.
It was a convergence of past and present Governors as the service was attended by former Governors Olusegun Osoba, Segun Oni, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Gbenga Daniel. The serving Governors in attendance included Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Ondo, Delta and Osun states respectively. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Reps too was in the service while Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru and Oloye Jumoke Akinjide were on the Federal Government’s delegation.
Tears flowed freely from his children and family members as the silver coloured casket that bore his remains was lowered into the grave. The burial service was followed by a reception at Obafemi Awolowo Square, Ikenne where Evangelist Ebenezer Obey was on the bandstand.
Evangelist Oluwole Awolowo was the only son that survived the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo as his elder brother Segun died during their father’s incarceration in the 1960s.