By Ola Ajayi, Ibadan
SOME Islamic clerics have said that burying the former governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday the fourth day, did not violate any Islamic mandate.
His remains were buried at his Oluyole residence amid tight security measures four days after his death.
There was heated controversy over where the former governor should be buried.
While discussing the delay in burying him, a personal assistant to Ibadan Chief Imam Abdul Fatai Alaga said that if there was a problem delaying the burial, it could be suspended but should not exceed the third day.
Another Islamic cleric, Abdul Fatai Mohammed, clarified that “if the person died in the morning, he could be buried at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. that same day.”
“But, if that person died at night or in the morning, they can be buried between 2 and 4 in the afternoon.”
Previously, there was heated controversy over where the former governor should be buried.
they deduced that the Oyo state government was reluctant to allow the Ajimobi family to bury the body in Agodi GRA due to a pending court case.
But, the Oyo state government flatly denied suggestions that he was responsible for the delay in burying the immediate former governor.
Governor Seyi Makinde’s chief press secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said the insinuations amounted to a perverse lie.
The statement said: “Due to intensive inquiries from media organizations about the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State government wishes to record that there is no true in rumors – rounds that the state government is delaying the burial. “
“The rumor, which is deliberately spreading to give the state government a bad name and to play improper politics with the dead, initially emerged through social media gossip, which gained steam to attract the attention of traditional media .
“Several media outlets contacted the Oyo State Governor’s Media Office to inquire about this blatant lie on Saturday.
“Let it be clear that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role in causing any delay regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on land in Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.
“By the way, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.
“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice but to expose the facts as they are to the emissaries and reject the request.
“Governor Makinde, however, against the land use rule established in Oyo state, approved that the family be able to bury the late governor at his Oluyole Estate residence.
“It should be noted that the rules that guide the use of land in the Government Reserve Areas (GRA) prohibit the burial of bodies in places such as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.
“Let us also record that, although the family did not follow established protocols when transmitting information about the disease and the eventual disappearance of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde ignored all of this and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family in this affair. .
“It can only amount to an evil lie to suggest that the current government in Oyo state attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate former governor.”