The Governors of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, yesterday described the late Afenifere chief, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, as one of many nation’s unsung heroes, saying his demise had robbed them of a “godfather and counselor”.
Particularly, Fayemi branded Fasanmi’s contributions to the event of democracy as immeasurable, notably his position within the formation and operation of the defunct Nationwide Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought towards navy imperialism within the nation.
Fayemi said that his authorities is current developing a secondary college to honour the deceased for his contributions to Ekiti, saying: “my solely remorse was that he has now left us earlier than the college can be formally inaugurated for tutorial actions when faculties lastly reopen”.
Fasanmi, who was a second Republic Senator died final week Wednesday on the age of 94.
Torrent of tributes had flown because the stays of the extremely commemorated Afenifere chief was interred in his countryhome of Iye Ekiti in Ilejemeje native authorities space of Ekiti State.
The casket carrying Fasanmi’s corpse was conveyed in a white Jeep motorcade belonging to 6 Toes (6FT) Occasion Planning Firm to the church procession held at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Iye Ekiti.
Fayemi in his speech entitled: ‘Tribute to a Man of Integrity’, mentioned what he really admired in regards to the deceased was his integrity, which bore eloquent testimony to immaterialistic life and added extra respect to his incorruptible nature.
“His demise has, subsequently, robbed me of a godfather, counselor, an advocate and a father. A superb man has left us. We are going to sorely miss him, however we’re consoled that Baba’s complete grownup life was devoted to selfless service”.
Fayemi added that Baba belonged within the class of the youths of the 1950s when the nationalist motion was at its feverish peak, and acquired indoctrinated into nationalism wrestle via the forceful writings of Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and his contemporaries who used the instrumentality of the media to etch an indelible impression on the minds of the younger college students of that period.
“He proved his political mettle in 1964 when he was elected as a member of the Federal Home of Representatives earlier than the navy struck in 1966 and he acquired imprisoned in Agodi Jail earlier than he was later launched.
“By the point democracy returned in 1979, he was a serious participant within the politics of that point within the previous Ondo State. He provided to function governor of the previous Ondo state in 1978 and slugged it out with Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin who defeated him within the main.
“He finally went to the Senate together with different iconic Ekiti bests reminiscent of Prof. David Oke and Prof Banji Akintoye the place they distinguished themselves and have become exemplars.
“One legacy for which Baba can be fondly remembered was his credential of incorruptibility. He was a person of tall integrity and honesty. It could be recalled that he was the primary to start out the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Committee in 1973 underneath Col. Oluwole Rotimi of the Western Area.
“He would go spherical roads and highways to arrest police and different enforcement companies who have been amassing bribes on the roads, in his decided dedication to stamp out corruption in Nigeria”.
“Chief Ayo Fasanmi has come, he has seen and conquered. He conquered human cravings, vainness of energy, ostentation, greed and malice”, he mentioned.
The All Progressives Congress Nationwide chief, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was represented by former Lagos Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, mentioned Nigerians ought to study from the late politician who lived a modest and spartan life-style.
Tinubu described Fasanmi as a civilian revolutionist and a politician of excellent mien, civility and character, who’s price being emulated.
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by Particular Adviser on Civic Engagements, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, mentioned Fasanmi’s affect turned extra pronounced by his incorruptible nature.
Talking on behalf of the Southwest Governors, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, mentioned the information of the passage of the Icon was a loss to Yoruba race and Nigeria at giant.
“Baba dwelling lengthy for 94 years was not what we’re celebrating, however we’re celebrating what number of lives he had impacted. He lived an impactful life.
“He was not petty, however he spoke reality to energy. He lived a exceptional life, and he was one politician who turned Senator and got here residence to relaxation later. Let politicians of as we speak learn to be contented and permit this exceptional conduct to information us”.