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…As Vice President, Ogun Gov wish Osipitan farewell
The Bishop of the Anglican Church, Egba west Diocese, Bishop Samuel Ogundeji has said Nigeria is in trouble adding that the country is in dare need of leaders who can bail it out.
The Clergyman was speaking at the funeral service of the renowned lawyer cum politician, Chief Jonathan Osipitan held at the St. Luke Anglican Church, Oru Ijebu area of Ogun state, on Friday.
Bishop Ogundeji added that, things are already going out of hands in the country and the children of the poor are suffering.
He however called the attention of political leaders in the country to the plight of ordinary Nigerian, reminding them of death and accountability to God.
He said, “In Our country Nigeria, We need leaders who will bail us out because we are in trouble,things are getting out hands.
“You and I must pray but our leaders must know that they will die one day and as well give account of how they led the country.
“We can practically not enjoy any amenities again but you will hear them mention billions of naira but to no effect and the masses are suffering, our leaders must take note and do something.”
Dignitaries who graced the event include; The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, former Governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Judge of Ogun state, Justice Modupeola Dipeolu, former deputy Governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun amongst others
Bishop Ogundeji also reminded the Governor of Ogun state, that God made him Governor and both the people and God himself is waiting to see how he will govern the state.
“To our Governor, God have given you the opportunity to lead this state and both the people and God himself are waiting to see how you will govern the state but I pray that God will help you and give you the wisdom to lead aright.
“Father should be resting on the right side of the lord because he served God and the people wholeheartedly.
” Every man will die one day, but it is important to take seriously what will be said about you when you are gone. Surely one day you will go and leave behind, all that you have including the ones you stole.”
While giving his condolences, The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo described the deceased as an exemplary lawyer who lived a fulfilled life devoid of blemish.
“This is a very great privilege, first to condole the family and as well to say that Baba lived an exemplary life, His 95 years was a 95 years of excellence honesty, decent, he lived fought right and he lived an exemplary life.
“He did not do anything that could have bring blemish to the name Osipitan.
“On this note I thank the Almighty God for the life of our Baba who has just passed on and to wish his family especially his Children especially grand children who are already doing very well not just the best but also to say that, according to scripture which says, conserving generations after him that they also may experience the mercy and grace of the almighty God.”
On his part, the Governor of Ogun state Dapo Abiodun, joined the family of the Osipitans in thanking God for the life of their father.
He said”I seized this Opportunity on behalf of myself, my family and the entire people of Ogun state in thanking God for the life of your Dad because, Baba Osipitan lived a very exemplary life it is enviable that he lived to be 95 years.
“He was an exemplary lawyer who stood for every good virtue in law and at the same time he was a politician. He was member of the House of representatives representing Ijebu north. I commiserate with you Baba’s children and wife and wish you all the very best.”
Also the eldest Son of the Deceased, Mr Adewale Osipitan said he will miss his Daddy very much for he is a lover of children.
“My Dad was a great man, he was our friend and we are going to miss him a lot. I will miss his honesty, his firmness and he is as well very fair. He his an embodiment of a parent, he loves children and his God.”
Also Prof. Taiwo Osipitan also corroborated his brother saying he knew his father as a strict father and a disciplinarian but all for the good of his Children.
His words, “as children we knew him as a disciplinarian. We appreciate the fact that the strictness was targeted at ensuring that we all turned out as focused and responsible adults, we were his friends and confidants.
” He was our councilor and his wise counsels on the need to always keep our heads when others around us lose theirs, and that a good name is a priceless asset, remain our guiding principles .
” We can not thank him enough for the continuous mentoring and unending prayers which we enjoyed until the very end of his earthly sojourn.
” I glorify God that he exited as a fulfilled person. ” he added.