The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Dolapo, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo were in attendance at the funeral and thanksgiving service of the late Dr Emmanuel Abiodun, the father of the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
The funeral service of the deceased who passed away on the 2nd of August, took place at St. James Anglican Church, Iperu-Remo.
The 89-year-old, popularly called ‘Baba Teacher’, was an accomplished teacher and spent a big part of his teaching career at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, where he held several positions.
State Governors who attended the service included Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Abudulrahmam Razaq of Kwara, alongside some deputy governors.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and some members of the Federal Executive Council were present at the service.
Former governors of the state, Olusegun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel, Ibikunle Amosun and royal fathers also attended the service.
A former Governor of Edo, Adams Oshiomhole, President, African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwunmi Adesina, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd.) were at the service.
No fewer than 18 bishops attended the service alongside Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and his wife, Folu.
The Vice President, in his message, said that the gathering was to celebrate not just the passing of the father of a brother and friend but to celebrate the passing of a rare breed.
“A man who loves his family; he served the community, his nation and his God and he served them well.
“He enjoyed the grace of God and the mercies of God himself; if you look at his biography, you will find that he enjoyed the mercies of God; a man in his time, has been a graduate with a degree in English Literature, a master degree and a doctorate, all almost 50 to 60 years ago.
“But he did not take that grace for granted; he gave back to the society; he became a teacher, a teacher of teachers and was celebrated even in his lifetime as `Baba teacher;’ he taught so many and gave back to so many people.
“But he kept giving back to the community and he kept giving back on serving the church,“ Osinbajo said.
Osinbajo said that such inheritance was neither in possession nor in money, pointing out that it was the gospel of Jesus Christ that he gave to his children and to all of those that he came across.
The VP extended the condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari to the governor, his mother and all members of the deceased’s family.
Governor Abiodun, in his remarks, thanked the vice president and all those who came, saying it was a celebration of a worthy life lived by his father.
“His legacy was that of service to God and humanity through his teaching ministry,’’ he said