We have not announced cause of Adeleke’s death, says family
Urges sympathisers to await autopsy result
The family of late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke yesterday urged the public to disregard different insinuations published in the social and some conventional media about the death of the politician.
The younger brother of the deceased and chairman of Pacific Holdings, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, who addressed a press conference yesterday at the Ede country home of the senator, said the cause of death of their brother was yet to be determined.
He said medical doctors were still working on the autopsy of Adeleke, stating that doctors conducting the examination told the family that it would take between one to two weeks before the work would be concluded.
Adedeji, who led other members of the Adeleke’s dynasty, including Mrs. Modupe Adedeji-Sanni to the venue, also condemned the violent conduct that greeted announcement of the death of his brother and during his burial. He said the action was against the political philosophy of the late senator.
He, therefore, urged the public not to do anything contrary to Adeleke’s belief, saying that the family appreciated the solidarity and concern but should be allowed to mourn the departure of their brother in peace in line with his standing policy.
He explained that the resolve to conduct a post-mortem for Adeleke was responsible for the 24 hours delay before he was buried on Sunday and apologised to the Muslim community to bear with them.
He said the late Adeleke never encouraged thuggery or violence during his lifetime, adding that the best honour his supporters could do for him is to uphold the tenet he so much cherished when alive.
According to Dr. Adeleke: “We have cried and we cannot query God. However, we want to mourn our late brother in peace and not violence.“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to the people outside there to stop spreading unfounded information and speculation on the death of our brother in order not to cause undue mayhem.”Dr. Adeleke noted that nobody could determine or announce the cause of death of his brother until autopsy result is out.
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