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Abiodun urges political office holders to serve people, avoid oppression


Sarkin Hausawa of Egbaland, Ibrahim Hassan (left); Chairman, Hausa Community in Ogun State, Shehu Usman; Governor Dapo Abiodun and Sarkin Hausawa of Isheri, Abu Badamasi, during a condolence visit by the Hausa/Fulani leaders to commiserate with the governor on the death of his father, Dr. Emmanuel Abiodun, in Iperu-Remo… yesterday.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has enjoined people in positions of authority not to abuse powers vested on them, but use every opportunity given them to impact positively on the lives of the people.

Abiodun gave the admonition, yesterday, when members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, the Egba Traditional Council and Chairmen, Commissions and Statutory Board, led by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and Tokunbo Odebunmi, respectively, paid him a condolence visit over the death of his father at his family compound in Iperu-Remo.

The governor, who described life as transient, noted that it is imperative for those in places of authority to be humble and engage in actions and activities that would impact positively on the lives of the people they lead.


Abiodun revealed that he was not prepared for the sudden demise of his father and appreciated God for making his dad to spend his life well.

He said the people’s support, especially the traditional rulers, had strengthened and given him and his family the courage to carry on.

The governor also thanked the people for the encomiums poured on his father, adding that he lived a humble, selfless and impactful life, which he passed on to his children.

Speaking, Oluomo noted that the deceased, through his profession, had impacted on many, whose lives are a testimony to his prowess in moulding and mending lives.


On his part, Oba Gbadebo, who lauded the governor for the steady and progressive achievements of his administration in the last two years, said that the governor had demonstrated the humility and working virtues inherent in the deceased.

Also, Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council, Olu Okuboyejo, noted that Pa Emmanuel Abiodun, during his lifetime, contributed immensely to human development, not only in Ogun State, but the country at large.

He urged the governor to be closer to his mother, particularly at this trying time in her life.

Others who paid condolence visits to the governor include Ogun West Elders Forum, Arewa community, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Gospel Musicians of Nigeria, Remo Chapter, market men and women, among others.


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