The executive Governor of Ekiti at the burial of former governor and statesman, Bamidele Olumilua in Ekiti State, spoke so extensive and well of the deceased as a leader whose footpath in politics should be followed by any progressive political leader or office holder in Ondo and Ekiti State
The turn out of dignitaries speaks hugely about the man we are celebrating this morning. My dear wife is here, and my deputy governor.
On behalf of the people of Ekiti State and the government of Ekiti State, I wat to thank our father immensely for his service to our people; for his love for this community, and for his compassion to all of Ekiti people; I do not want to repeat what my sister. Mrs Banjo has eloquently spoken. I spoke at the commendation service a couple of days ago and I expressed from the bottom of my hearts what baba meant to us, and how he embraced all of us, regardless of party affiliations. He scolded us; chastise us if he had to, but loved us dearly and he also loved Ekiti people and committed to service. Even when he was no longer in office, he was still committed to moving the state forward.
He served for a relatively short time; maybe two years as a Governor of this great state, but his service transformed Ondo state to what it is today.
The singular role he played within that short tie to ensure that Ondo state was admitted in the league of mineral producing states.
And for his infrastructural developments in that short time, and for those of us who became governors here in his own home state after we were taken from Ondo state, we were always there to drink from his fountain of knowledge. With all his extensive cerebral intellectual endownment, you will think he’s just an ordinary farmer who enjoy the company of the grassroots.
He won’t call you for contract or money. He was a man of etiquette, he never called by my name while I was the governor.
Queen or pauper, you can come to his house and he will embrace you. We have all benefitted from the generosity of his spirit
He has left us with a lesson we ought to ponder about while we serve our people. The legacy we should learn from the life and times of our father is that a good name is better than all the riches and wealth in the world and service to humanity is the greatest service one can render.