Fasanmi to be buried Aug 4 in Ekiti

Ayo Fasanmi

The funeral of the late Afenifere leader Pa Ayo Fasanmi has been fixed for August 4 at St John Cathedral, Iye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Fasanmi died last Wednesday in Osogbo capital of Osun State at age 94.

Osun Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation Funke Egbemode in a statement on Saturday night said a committee has been set up for the purpose.

The committee will be chaired by the chief of staff to the governor Charles Akinola who will liaise with the family of the late elder statesman on burial proceedings.

The statement read: “The committee is headed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Charles Diji Akinola. Other members of the committee are; Mr Bola Oyebamiji, HC Finance, Dr. ‘Siji Olamiju, SA Public Health, Mr Niyi Idowu, SA, General Administration, Governor’s Office, Mrs Funke Egbemode, HC Information, Mr Ismail Omipidan, CPS, Mr Dauda Ismaila, Chief Security Officer, Mr Diran Fasesin, Coordinating Director, General Services and Mrs Tolu Lagbenro, SSA Programmes. The funeral rites will begin with a commendation service on Monday, August 3, 2020, at All Saints Cathedral Church, Balogun Agoro, Osogbo.”

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi also confirmed the burial date on Saturday during a condolence visit to the bereaved family.

Mr Fayemi was represented by the chairman of Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission and a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Samuel Abejide.

Mr Abejide said that burying the late Fasanmi in Ekiti State was an honour for the state government.

“As our father, his burial in Ekiti State is his homecoming for us in Ekiti. Ekiti as a state would have showcased the burial and would have loved to give him a befitting burial arrangement but for the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite that, we will still do the burial within the confinement of the law,” Abejide said.