The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun yesterday paid tributes to the eldest daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Mrs. Omotola Olubunmi Oyediran, describing her as a paragon of virtues.
He said the deceased was a diligent and hard-working woman, who fought for the rights of women and people unjustly accused and put behind bars.
Prince Abiodun testified to Mrs. Oyediran’s goodness at an outing service held in her honour at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne.
He said the deceased was a devout Christian and a servant of God who served in the Lord’s vineyard diligently.
“Mama was a civil rights activist. She fought for the rights of women. She also fought for the rights of inmates who were unjustly put away. She raised money; she defended them, ensured that they got justice and got them freed,” he said.
Consoling the deceased’s husband, Prof Olukayode Oyediran, Governor Abiodun noted that to have enjoyed wedlock for over 57 years meant that she was a virtuous woman and the good relationship was worthy of emulation and accolades.
“She was a well brought up and a virtuous woman who was a good mother and a loving wife to her husband of 57 years. Mama was focused. She was diligent and hardworking. She was a devout Christian – a servant of God – who served God diligently,” he said.
In his message titled: “Life is a race, run it well”, the Bishop of Remo Diocese and Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev’d Olusina Fape, who took his sermon from Hebrews Chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, said life was a race that began at the moment of birth.
He said the race of life could either be the race of getting married early, getting an educational qualification, building a house and getting wealthy.
He, however, noted that the race must be run according to the rules.
The cleric said there could be hindrances such as fornication, malice, cheating and membership of secret societies.
These obstacles, he said, could derail an earthly race and make it hard to gain a place in heaven.
Fape said the deceased was a decent woman, who loved her husband and her children and stood by her husband.
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