The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi say he receives the news of the sudden demise of Hon. Isaac Adedayo Omolafe, a.k.a. Expensive, representing the the people of Akure North and South Federal Constituency, with a heavy heart, rude shock and utmost disbelief.
Oba Aladetoyinbo described the death of Hon. Omolafe as catastrophic which has dealt a big blow on the entire Akure Community which he said was yet to come to the reality that Hon. Omolafe Adedayo would bid the people good bye, at this critical time even when he did not show any sign of ill health.
This is contained in a press release made available to Niger Delta Correspondent by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure.
Oba Aladetoyinbo said the Late Omolafe was an exceptional philanthropist whose love for mankind and Akure in particular cannot be underestimated. As a former elected Councilor, supervisory Councilor, elected Chairman of Akure South, State Coordinator of the Subsidy re-investment Programme, Chairman of Ondo State Property Development Corporation and an elected member of the National Assembly, Omolafe distinguished himself as one of the shining lights and a major rallying point for Akure politics and Ondo state at large.
Oba Aladetoyinbo said he would find it hard to forget the good memories he had of the late Omolafe who he said was always full of life and had good intentions and promises for the palace and the progress of Akure Kingdom.
“Omolafe was very responsive and a perfect example of a great, selfless and homemade leader who grew from among his people, rose to stardom and decided to remain with his people till his last breath”, he said.
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“As sorrowful as we are in Akure Community at the moment, I urge the Akure people to see his death as a lesson for us, that we must live an impactful life with dedication to the service of God and humanity. There is no doubt that Omolafe lived a short but fulfilled and heroic life. He came, he saw and he conquered.
“Omolafe is renowned for his love for his people, touching lives, giving hope to the hopeless and his uncommon generosity to his people”, he said.
Oba Aladetoyinbo affirmed that Hon. Adedayo Omolafe will remain a hero even in death as he urged all Akure indigenes both at home and Diaspora as well as all the good people of Ondo State to remember the immediate family of Hon. Omolafe in their prayers at this trying time.
Just like one of his popular scriptural quote, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all”.
“There is time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die”.
With a heavy heart, Oba Aladetoyinbo commiserated with the widow, the children and the people of Akure Kingdom, maintaining that this was indeed a personal and irreparable loss.
Oba Aladetoyinbo prayed God to grant him eternal rest.