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Encomiums as Adegbite buried in Abeokuta  print

Published on September 29, 2012 by   ·   13 Comments

Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta

The body of the late Secretary General of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Abdul Lateef Oladimeji Adegbite was
committed to mother earth at exactly 4:00pm in his family compound at Onikolobo area of Abeokuta Ogun state, southwest, Nigeria as several
encomiums were showered on him by various groups.

The burial rite for the late Islamic scholar, the Seriki and Baba Adini of Egbaland began by 3: 50pm shortly after the arrival of the
motor hearse marked with registration number (Lagos) TOS 7 bearing the corpse which came in at exactly 3: 40pm.

After the prayer, which was led by the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Imam Liadi Orunsolu, the remains of the NSCIA scribe was buried
besides his first wife in the family compound at exactly 4.00pm.

Among eminent Nigerians who paid their last respect for late Adegbite were the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Sultan
of Sokoto and the President General of NSCIA, Sultan Sa’aad Abubakar 3, who arrived the venue of the burial at 3. 45pm as well as the Aare
Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul Azeez Arisekola Alao.

The former military administrators of Ogun state, former governor of the old Western state, Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi (Retd.) and Lagos state governor, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola as well as the two immediate past governors of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel joined Governor Ibikunle Amosun to give the late Adegbite who was described as bridge builder and true Nigerian a befitting state burial in Abeokuta today.

In his tribute, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo described him as an icon, a compatriot, not only at the religious level, but at the social level, who would be missed in Ogun state as well as the whole country

According to Obasanjo, “but we take consolation in the fact that he had lived a worthy life and legacy worthy of emulation. His place will
be difficult to fill within our community, Egbaland. We prayed that God will not leave us mourning and groping in the dark for a worthy
replacement”, he prayed.

In his own tribute, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’aad Abubakar who is the President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)
said the death of Adegbite was a great loss not to his family but the generality of Muslim community in Nigeria and entire world.

Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola, who expressed the bereavement of the people of Lagos state to the family, said,”late Adegbite would
have lived longer, but he spent much more time catering for the welfare of humanity, stressing that “Islam came first, community came
first, Nigeria came first”.

“I extend the sympathy and condolence of the people and government of Lagos state to the family, children, and widow and of course, to my
brother and governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun and the people and the government of Ogun state.

“But in extending condolence from Lagos, it is also appropriate to acknowledge the bereavement on our part because he was as much part of
us even though he was made in Ogun. For the presence of so many people, Christians and Muslim communities from far and near that his
constituencies is the whole of Nigeria” Fashola admonished.

Former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel described him as a major stabilizer and a factor in this era of religious extremism, stressing
that late Adegbite was somebody that spoke and people will listen , adding that,” it would be difficult to find a replacement for
him”.

Governor Amosun in his tribute described Adegbite as a confluence in academics, religion, tradition as well as social services to the country.

The governor noted that Adegbite was a man who usually offered wise counsel to governments at federal and state levels, stressing that his
death would create a vacuum in the nation.

While praying that almighty Allah grants his soul Aljanah Fidaus, the governor commiserated with the Adegbite family, people of Egbaland,
the Muslim community and Nigerians in general.

Alhaji Lukman Adebiyi, the National President of Ahmadiyya Movement In Islam described Adegbite’s death as a great loss to the country,
especially at this trying period of the country.

In a released signed by Adebiyi and copy sent to our correspondent this afternoon, the Mission commiserate with all the Muslim ummah for
the death of a great giant and a gem,

“Adegbite is a rare person, he died during the time the country need him most, we thank God for the good life he had spent and pray to
Allah to give the family, Egbaland, Ogun state and the country at large the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Adegbite died at the ripe age of 79 years on Friday night in his house at Lagos, two weeks after he arrived from London where he had traveled
to undergo medical treatment

His death occurred few hours after two prominent Egba Chiefs, Oluwole Adeosun and Segun Taiwo were buried in Abeokuta.

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13 Comments for “Encomiums as Adegbite buried in Abeokuta”

  1. boli

    if we don’t reflect on the life of the dead, how can we get better. Nothing is achieved when you write RIP. How do you know it is RIP? Only God can declare that. Adegbite sat sliently on the board of muslims, accepting the annulment of June 12, thereby stabbing his brother muslim from the same town, Abiola in the back. Funny, he was one of those who started calling for that election to be recognized many years after they killed Abiola. I am sure Abiola his whupping his godamn ass right now up yonder.

  2. ola

    @boli u ar sayin rubbish. learn to respect d dead cos u wil also be like him one day. d man contributed immensely to d developmt of d country & islam though nobody is perfect bt respect d dead

  3. naubiko

    @Ola you will also agree that this man is a Boko Sympathizer as well. He knows a lot about who the financiers are and also believes in the Fulani /Hausa supremacy to rule.

  4. femi

    All I know is that all these guys are Nigeria and Nigerians major problems. Until we take religion out state of responsibilities, Nigeria will not know peace. For example, how does it become the problem of government if her citizens go to Mecca or Jerusalem? Most European and American countries are almost 99% christian; yet, none of them has pilgrims welfare board like have in Nigeria today which has 76 boards(2 each in 36states+FCT+FGN). These Boards have become a source of corruption. These are the places where people like Adegbite made their money. It is true, we should not talk ills of the dead; but the legacies of the dead should be put in the right percepective. After all people still talk about Hitler till today. Even in Nigeria, people talk about Abacha. Even when somebody like Babangida dies, Nigerians will continue to talk about him and his legacies among which are institutionalising corruption, 419, assasinations to settle political, social and economic scores, June 12 annulment etc. After all Yoruba proverbs says ‘T’omode ba subu a wo iwaju, sugbon to agba ba subu a wo ehin wo, ki o le mo ibi ti o ti fi ese ko’ That is, if a child falls he look at the front, but when an elder falls, he will look back to know what has caused his falling. Therefore, it better for the living to talk and reflect on the life of the dead in order to not repeat the mistakes of the dead.

  5. Olalekan

    Femi, u are even worse than Boli. People like you will never post with fact but rather with sentiment.

  6. femi

    Which one is sentiment here? What purpose does the pilgrims boards serve apart from serving the corrupt appetites of the various religion leaders and the government officials running them?. They are all for rent seeking. Tell me what Nigeria and Nigerians will lose if the pilgrim boards are scrapped and individuals are made to be resposible for their travels. What business has the government had with chartering of planes for somebody going to Mecca or Jerusalem? Tell any progressive nation in the world that does it..

  7. And who gives a damn about Islam. Am sure the cleric know better by now. He rejected Jesus while alive; now he is rejected to hell fire.

  8. OGBENI NAIJA

    @ola i guess your mother was still wearing & changing daipers for you during abiola’s problem.adegbite & some of the egba high chiefs including some egba traditional rulers killed abiola’s ambition.they betrayed him for money,position,contract & religion,where are they today.ANYWAY BETRAYING FELLOW KINS & KINDRED IS A COMMON PHENOMENON AMONG THE EGBASAFTERALL ABIOLA BETRAYED TOO. AND WHO TOLD YOU THAT A BETRAYAL AND BH SYMPATHIZER WILL REST IN PEACE.SPIT IT OUT.

  9. OGBENI NAIJA

    @ola i guess your mother was still wearing & changing daipers for you during abiola’s problem.adegbite & some of the egba high chiefs including some egba traditional rulers killed abiola’s ambition.they betrayed him for money,position,contract & religion,where are they today.ANYWAY BETRAYING FELLOW KINS & KINDRED IS A COMMON PHENOMENON AMONG THE EGBASAFTERALL ABIOLA BETRAYED TOO. AND WHO TOLD YOU THAT A BETRAYAL AND BH SYMPATHIZER WILL REST IN PEACE.SPIT IT OUT.

  10. TAOFEEK OLOWONMI

    Inailehi waina Ilehi Raj’un. From Allah, we come and from Him we shall return. Islam exhibits simplicity in all ramifications, even to the death. This teaches us that we should live a simple live free from unnecessary flamboyance. Compare this to those burying their love ones with million dollar coffin only to be consumed by the grounds. The time between death and burial is even less than 24 hours. This is Islam at its best. May Allah forgive Baba his shorthcomings and admit him among the righteous in Aljanah Fridos.

  11. Aboaba JOHNSON

    @ Boli. I quite agreed with you that is only GOD who knows those that rest in peace, but our own prayer for them is to rest in peace. But the truth is theres no partiality in heaven he will surely give account of his stewardship.Honestly am quite suprised that the man actually held a very powerful position in muslim community in nigeria and they can not speak the word of truth or educate, liberate their muslim brother in the Northern part of the country.BOKO HARAM

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