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Tribute to Senator Joe Funso Obasaju (1946-2021)


Sir “…Let us praise illustrious men, our ancestors in their successive generations.

The Lord has created an abundance of glory and displayed his greatness from the earliest times.


Some wielded authority as kings and were renowned for their strength; others were intelligent advisers
and uttered prophetic oracles.

Others directed the people by their advice, by their understanding of the popular mind, and by the wise words of their teaching…

others were rich and powerful, living peacefully in their homes.


All these were honoured by their contemporaries And where the glory of their day, Some of them left a name behind them So that their praises are still sung…
…Here is a list of generous men whose good works have not been forgotten. In their descendants there remains a rich inheritance born of them.

Their descendants stand by the covenants and, thanks to them, so do their children’s children.


Their offspring will last forever, their glory will not fade.

Their bodies have been buried in peace, and their name lives on for all generations.

The people will proclaim their wisdom, the assembly will celebrate their praises.”
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-13 (The Jerusalem Bible)

There goes an illustrious man, a generous man, a man of learning
Joe Funso Obasaju. Intellectual, footballer, educationist, sports administrator, the politician of character distinguished (UPN) senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Senator Obasaju is buried today in Kabba, Kogi State.

Francis Onaiyekan, Lagos, Nigeria.


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