Dignitaries from all walks of life over the weekend converged on Ososa Ijebu-Ode, the ancient city in Ogun State, to bid a final farewell to Late Prince Olatunji Justus Olawunmi, the father-in-law of Distinguished Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim.
Late Prince Olawunmi, died on October 3, 2021, at the age of 82. He was survived by children and grand children, one of whom is Mrs Balqis Morayo Yetunde Ibrahim Nee Olawunmi, wife of Distinguished Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim.
The funeral service for the late patriarch held at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Ososa, with many prominent dignitaries present to honour him with their last respect.
The ceremony kicked off on Thursday with a Service Songs and Wake-keep.
Family members, community members and well wishers, across religious divide testified to how instrumental the deceased was to the social and educational development of many individuals.
Some of the community members who spoke, eulogized him for his calmness, human relation and his immeasurable contributions towards the development of the community.
Also testifying about Pa Olawunmi, church members described him as God-fearing, dedicated and a strong pillar.
They said he would be sorely missed for his developmental contribution and active roles in church, especially in ensuring many were educated.
The church service was followed by a reception as Senator Ibrahim played host to dignitaries to include politicians, top government functionaries, business tycoons am.ongst others.
Some of the prominent figures at the colourful occassion were former Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Right Hon. Ali Ahmad, Ambassador Gana Yisa, Hon. Zakari Mohammed,
Alh Abubakar Jimoh; GMD of TrustBanc Group, Alhaji Hassan Sadiq, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, Hon. Kamaldeen Fagbemi, Alhaji Rasak Lawal, Alhaji Musa Abdullah, Comrade Bisi Fakayode, and Alhaji Jimoh Balogun.
Also in attendance was a former Kwara Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Oba Abdulwahab, Former Kwara Commissioner, Hon. Goke Bamidele, the Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, Hon. Dare Bankole, Hon. Olatunji Gabriel, and Barr. Moses Ibiyemi.
Others are Otunba Anu Ibiwoye, Hon. Shehu Sulyman Warah, Hon. Segun Olorunyomi, Hon. Tajudeen Alabi, Hon. Kehinde Alex Bankole, Comrade Nurudeen Opoola Owen, Hon. Dr. Abdullateef Babatunde Ojomu, Hon. Alatise, all PDP LG chairmen in Kwara South, all PDP LG Youth Leaders, women and youth groups, and several others.