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The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has revealed how COVID-19 stopped him from seeing his late father, Dr. Emmanuel Abiodun who was in United Kingdom for a year and half.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Abiodun said this on Thursday during his father’s funeral service held at St. James’s Anglican Church, Iperu-Remo.
The governor lamented that after COVID-19, he only spent three nights with his father in UK before he was called for party assignment in Nigeria.
He expressed sadness over the sudden death of his father even when he had promised to wait for him till he return to check on him.
He said, “I have been with him five weeks before then, I haven’t seen him for about a year and half because of COVID.
“I went to spend about five nights with him out of which I was only able to spend three nights when I got a call to come and serve the party. I left on his insistence that I should go and come back that when I come back he will still be waiting for me. Unfortunately, that was not fulfilled.”
Speaking on why he was emotional about his father’s death, the governor described late Abiodun as his mentor, teacher and moral compass.
He added,” you never miss what you never had; you have a father that love you very dearly, that cherished you, that nurtured you, that taught you, that mentored you, that is your friend and your partner. No matter when time he passed away, you will miss him.”
Abiodun in his tribute said no words could describe the shock and unbearable blow of loosing his father.
The governor stated that the virtues and the high moral standard inculcated in him by his father through his mentorship had really shaped him and assisted him in his life’s journey.
He recalled with nolstagia, how his father held him and pet him to sleep when he was young, saying that “my father was very caring”.
“You were not only humble and affectionate to mum, you were a humble father, grand father, a moral compass and a source of guidance to the whole family.
“We will forever cherish your memories and look after your darling wife, companion, friend and partner of 65 years who is our dear mother.
“I hope you are watching as the while world is celebrating you because you brought so much happiness to many hearts that you taught and touched.
“I am proud to be your first child and son. Your spirit will forever be beside me and I know you will always be with me, ” he said.