Ola Ajayi and Adeola Badru, Ibadan
The wife of the former governor of the state of Oyo, Ms. Florence Ajayi, said that the governor of the state of Oyo, Engr Seyi Makinde, has not called or visited since her husband’s death last Thursday.
She said this just as the Nigerian Governors Forum led by its President, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, paid a sympathy visit to the former governor’s family.
The widow of the former governor who was buried yesterday amid strict security measures advised the governor to avoid playing politics with the death of her husband.
Ms. Ajimobi said: “A few days ago I read in the newspapers that the governor of the state of Oyo, Engr. Seyi Makinde said she called me and I did not answer, she has never visited Ajimobi’s family since my husband entered the hospital, nor did he send anyone or send us a message. “
“I don’t have his contact and I’ve never spoken to him. Even if he called me and didn’t respond due to my grieving state, he could still have sent me a message.”
“The Ajimobi family is not competing with him in any way, we are all working for the growth, development and progress of the Oyo state, although our party could be different, we are working for the same objective.
Should I send an official message to the Governor to inform him of my husband’s death before he can send us a message of condolence or pay us a condolence visit? It is not pleasant to hear audiences. What kind of politics are we playing?
“As a former public servant, who had assiduously served this state, he deserved some honors and showed no shame when he went to rest. He never planned to go so soon, it could be anyone, since nobody knows the next moment. “
Speaking on behalf of the governors, Fayemi sympathized and prayed with the family to Almighty Allah for the rest of the deceased soul.
Other governors they visited include Alhaji Umaru Ganduje (Kano), Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), and Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
Ajimobi buried amid stringent security measures
The remains of the former governor were buried yesterday amid stringent security measures.
The former acting national president of the All Progressives Congress was buried at his Oluyole residence at 10:05 am Sunday.
Clerics at the burial included Alhaji Kunle Saani, Sheik Muideen Bello, Chief Imam of the Land of Ibadan, Shik Abubakri Abdleganiyu Agbotomokekere, among others.
Previously, the family had informed the general public that the former governor’s remains would be taken to his Oke-Ado mosque and to his Oja-Oba family’s home.
But the story was different when the correspondent noted that some Islamic clerics who performed the burial in Islamic rite moved out of their home after the burial.
Few journalists were allowed near the former governor’s grave to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
At 12 noon, prayers were later offered at Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Mosque, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
Burial still in line with Islamic order
Some Islamic clerics have said that burying him four days later was still in line with the Islamic order.
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.
Although it was four days after his death, Islamic leaders clarified that the day count in Islam differs from the normal count in the secular, noting that in the Islamic calendar, it was only three days and not four days.
Another Islamic cleric, Abdul Fatai Mohammed, and Waheed Adebayo clarified that “if the person died in the morning, they 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.”
According to them, when a person is not buried at the expected time due to unforeseen circumstances, he is called Dorushi.
Controversy over burial place
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.