Orelope-Adefulire leads dignitaries to Pa Opeifa’s Fidau prayer
LAGOS State deputy governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, yesterday led dignitaries to the eight days Fidau prayer of Alhaji Zakariyahu Adeyinka Opeifa, held at Police College Ground, Ikeja. Alhaji Opeifa, who was the father of the state Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, died in Lagos at the age of 98.
According to the dignitaries at the prayer led by the Chief Imam of Surulere Central Mosque, Alhaji Imam Abdulahi Kayode Mustapha, death of the late Baba Adinni of Surulere Central Mosque and Asiwaju of Aworiland has created a big vacuum, which may be difficult to fill.
They extolled some of his attributes, such as love, uprightness, perseverance, wisdom, moral guidance, fatherly advice and generosity. For the deputy governor, Papa Opeifa would be greatly missed for his fatherly advice and contributions to the development of the state.
The event also witnessed the collection of donations for the development of Surulere Central Mosque as well as special prayer for the wives and children of the deceased.
Born in October 1917 into the renowned Opeifa families of Orile Agege, Papa Opeifa, who was of the Awori extraction, had his early education at Methodist School, Oshodi and United High School, Agege.
The Second World War veteran started work as pupil teacher at Methodist School Idanre from where he joined the Public Works Department (now Federal Ministry of Works) as a Trainee Electrical technician. In 1942, he enlisted in the Nigerian Army and because of his technical background, he was posted to the Armoured Corps.