By Adebayo Fajinmi
I had just paid homage to an elder statesman and accomplished civil servant, Chief M.I Aboaba(First Secretary and Head of Service to Osun State Government) in his Magodo residence after my odyssey in Lagos last year when Magistrate Joseph Obadare first came to my mind. My good brother and friend who hosted me, a true son of Igbajoland, Sunday Adeoti and his delectable wife who I had seen over a decade gave me a bill of fare.
Their sous-chef also served me pounded yam, beleaguered with veal. It was a big treat I would not forget very quickly. In the midst of that, the name still came, hitting my mind like a sledgehammer.
On Tuesday, December 28, 2021 that I decided to go back Osogbo, reunite with my family and visit him was the day I discovered that he has gone the way of all the earth.
Our paths crossed when he granted my request to interview him after he read my piece on legal luminary, Chief Solomon Awomolo (SAN) in 2016. After the interview that early morning in his residence, Iludun area, in Osogbo, he took a few minutes to blow up my mind.
Giving himself as an example of a ‘nobody,’ who by sheer determination, grit, focus and diligence defeated mind-bricks of impossibility, he illuminated powerful pictures in my mind and shattered every haphazard tendency.”Our definition of success today seems solid, but it’s like a soap bubble. Don’ t follow that trend. Build on solid principles,” he sermonised. His partin shot was, “Adebayo, if you hear my words and put them to actions, you would one day curse me or pray for me.”
“I owe o cock to Asclepius. Do not forget to pay it,” says Socrates in his last words. It is in reverse in my case. I owe Magistrate, but I am unable to pay him.
Magistrate Obadare was a Pastor who combined high-octane biblical brilliance with elocution smartness. He was a man I like to watch in church. I am enamoured of his insight and his realistic sense while demystifying the scriptures.
The Bard of Avon was right in his work, Julius Caesar, when he said, “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” But according to apostle Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians (4:13-14), we are not uninformed about those who sleep in death, so we are not grieving like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Till we meet again on the resurrection morning, rest in peace, Magistrate Obadare.