Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has described the sudden passage of Chief Ibidapo Awojolu and Otunba Femi Alagbada as painful and an untimely loss of men of valour.
Ojudu, in his personally written and signed message said that “Ekiti does not deserve such depletion in the camp of the progressives at this time when men of valour are needed to return the state from the parlous to the palatial.”
“It’s a tremendous tragedy to our community, for the Progressives family and to me personally, that Chief Awojolu and Otunba Alagbada would pass away in quick succession within a space of less than 24 hours and at a time we need them most to ensure that all hands are on the deck.”
Chief Ibidapo Awojolu died in the early hours of Tuesday 2 August and Chief Femi Abdulganiyy Alagbada died at about the same time on Wednesday 3 August. Chief Awojolu was until his death the Chairman of Afenifere in Ekiti State while Otunba Alagbada was the APC Chairman in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government. “I knew both men as great party members. I personally regard them as men of valour and my conviction about them has not changed even in death.”
“The two patriots were close to me in their lifetime. It grieves me therefore to see death sneaking into the family of the progressives in my state and seizing our two men of valour in quick succession as if death is the right medal for acts of valour,” Ojudu lamented.
According to him, though we appear helpless, we must remain resolute and consider the fact that fate has devolved on us the task of a double living, that we are henceforth to fulfil the promise of our compatriots’ life also, in our own, to our people. In other words, we owe the two patriots a great service of returning Ekiti to the path of honour and dedicating the victory to them.
Chief Awojolu and Otunba Alagbada must not die a purposeless death. They must continue to live in our hearts. For to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die. All that we can know about those we have loved and lost is that they would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realisation of their reality. What is essential does not die but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. We owe our dead patriots that much and we must ensure that we pay them that much.
May the gentle souls of our departed compatriots rest in perfect peace.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters.