Social distancing: Obasanjo shuns aides, associates at in-law’s burial

Olusegun Obasanjo

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday shut out his associates and aides during a church service at the funeral of his mother-in-law, Florence Adenekan.

Adenekan, mother of one of his wives, Bola Obasanjo, died on April 17, 2020.

The former president is believed to have taken the action to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols on public gatherings.

Adenekan, who died two days before her 90th birthday, was buried at Isara in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

In a statement by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said he stood in for his wife who could not attend the ceremony as she is out of the country.

The statement said the service took place at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Diocese of Remo, Isara-Remo, Ogun State, adding that Obasanjo personally shut the doors as the service began at about 10am.

Obasanjo ensured that the approved limit of those to be allowed was adhered to at the church service, and some of his close aides and associates were reportedly shut out despite wearing their face masks.

He said the service was presided over by the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos/Bishop of Remo Diocese, Rev Dr Adesina Fape.

“Shortly after the funeral, the interment took place at the church cemetery, with Obasanjo leading family members to carry out the dust-to-dust rites,” the statement added.

“The former president later paid homage to the four traditional rulers at Ode and Isara areas of the local government. The monarchs include Onisara of Isara, Oba Mukaila Olabinjo; the Iraye Remo, Oba Samuel Kalejaiye; the Eleposo Eposo Ode Remo, Oba Albert Mayungbe; and the Alaye Ode, Oba Adetunji Osho.

The Alaye Ode stated that Obasanjo showed he is a “true and respected Yoruba son” by visiting their domains despite being in the area for a personal engagement.

“We shall continue to learn from your wisdom; the people of Ode are proud and appreciate this visit,” the traditional ruler said.

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