Visit hospitals, public places to assess people’s condition, Fagbemi tells politicians at funeral
Bishop of the Diocese of Owo Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Stephen Fagbemi has urged politicians, especially those contesting for elections in 2023 to visit hospitals, schools and other public places to experience what the people are suffering, saying this will assist them to come up with a better agenda for their administration.
The Bishop said this at the funeral of Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu, the mother of the Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu held at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Owo, Ondo State.
Commiserating with Governor Akeredolu and his family, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said the late Mrs Akeredolu served God, her family, the church, and the community passionately in her lifetime.
“The life of our late mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu is a life worthy of celebration. This is a woman who served God from the beginning of her life. She served her family, church, and community for many years. We thank God for her life,” he said.
The former Governor of Lagos State and presidential candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said: “We thank God for her life and for the fact that she has the greatest legacy of a life that is full of achievements and joy, and also passing on at a ripe age.”
On his part, the Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo-Olu, urged Governor Akeredolu, his family, friends, and the people of Owo and Ondo State to preserve the late evangelist legacy that includes love and prayer. He enjoined members of the Christian community to immortalise the good name of the deceased.
In his response, Governor Akeredolu appreciated the guests for turning up for the funeral and urged religious leaders to continue to pray for public officeholders in the country to continue to work for the people.
The service was attended by Bishops and priests of the Anglican Church; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; and his Osun State counterpart, Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Others were dignitaries from other denominations including traditional rulers, judges and lawyers, politicians and captains of industry, as well as family and friends of the bereaved family.