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THE EXIT OF A NOBLE PRINCE OF FIDITI: ADEKUNLE TIJANI OYELERE (BIBIIRE) By Ademola Adeniyi

Late Prince ADEKUNLE TIJANI OYELERE (BIBIIRE)

It is very easy for one to conclude and assert without any doubting mind that Thursday, 30th July,2020 was great and awesome for our indefatigable Late Prince Adekunle Tijani Oyelere fondly called “Bibiire”.

The corpse left Olivet Baptist Hospital Oyo to Asu’s palace Fiditi with heavy and uncommon convoy; alongside noisy siren that announced the arrival of the corpse to all and sundry.

Immediately that the corpse got to the Asu’s palace, the Heir Apparent, Prince Oyelere Oyewole Sakiru, went straight to the abode of Mogaji of Asu Ruling House, Omo Oba Oyedepo Oguntoyan and in line with the custom and tradition, Omo Oba ‘Wole Oyelere broke the news of his father’s death to the Mogaji which he received in rude shock and similarly in a very sober and sympathetic mood.

In his reaction, Mogaji commended his late junior brother for being a very active and agile prince when he was alive and he disclosed how he and his late brother attended a meeting that bordered on Fiditi Chieftaincy Matters during the week. It was at this point in time that a very solid arrangement was made for the digging of the grave for the corpse; which was made adjacent to the parlour of ” BIIBIRE”, the parlour where he used to receive visitors during the Ileya Festival, the festival which he was unable to witness this year as a result of inevitability of death.

When it was exactly 4.pm the corpse was brought out for Prayer which was attended by plethora of eminent Alfas, Imams and moslem adherents from Fiditi, Oyo, Kano among others. For record purpose, the prayer for the corpse was led by that popular kano based Islamic Scholar, Alh.Lateef Sadiku(Emi Abata) and without wasting time, immediately after the five minutes prayer for the corpse, the general prayer vis a vis “Waasi” started in earnest, wherein, “Emi Abata “sympathized with the Chief Imam of Fiditi, Alhaji Lasisi Oyelere who happens to be the immediate brother of the deceased. He later spelt out what are expected of widows during the mournful period of their late husband and he equally corrected the misconceptions that people used to have on what should be the usual practice of widows in their mourning period in tandem with the  Islamic provisions in the Holy Book of Quran.

Bibbire, i will personally miss you greatly because:

(i). History had it that we are of the same maternal descendant of the ancient town of “Saki” and we have been related accordingly from the time immemorial

(ii)  That your level of relationship with all and sundry was superb and immeasurable during your life time;

(iii) That your level of joviality is incomparable

(iv) That you are a retired local government employee without any blemish record;

(V) That you didn’t believe you have a single enemy and you always had rapport with everybody;

(vi) That i will miss that your popular statement that “Demola mo si fe ri o o”

(vii) That you are a biological father of a senior friend, Omo Oba Sola Oyelere who has the same traits with you in all ramifications

Late Adekunle Oyelere retired as a Chief Pharmacy Technician in the local Government service of Oyo State and happily married with two wives and blessed with successful sons and daughters.

Among the dignitaries that attended the burial ceremony of Bibiire are: Hon.Gbenga Okeleye the caretaker chairman, Afijio local government, Hon.Adeniyi Aderemi(picko), Chief Segun Adeleke,the Atobase of Fiditi,  Hon.Ademola Wasiu Ali, Zenith party leader, Chief Mrs L.L Ajibola, Hon.Femi Aikomo, Hon. Gbenga Oyekola, former member of Oyo state House of Assembly, Mr Fatai Oyebamiji,  Mr Adebayo Ishola, Rev. Dr D.O Ojoawo of First Baptist Church Fiditi,  Rev.Dr.Ayo Alayande of Alaafia Oluwa Baptist Church, Fiditi, Mr Wole kolade(Olori ebi),  Hon.Ademola Sangokunle,Hon. Tosho Akinrinola(Customs service),  Hon.Lukman Anwo, Afijio APC party chairman, Mr Seyi Ajibola, Mr Wole Morakinyo(Alago), Mr Sayo Oje(Alase Budoks), Mr Femi Alawode of Portland cement, Hon.victor Oyelayo, Hon.Foluso Ogunlowo, Mr& Mrs Taiwo Oyedele, Mr Toyebi Orisabiyi(Agbaakin Agba Oye, PDP Leader), Mr & Mrs Kareem Ayobami(Oga Royal),Hon.Lekan Fakorede, Hon.Oye Adigun, Hon.Ojo Oyewole,Hon.Ojo Ogunkanmi, Mr Yinka Oketikun, Chief Executive Officer, Belgonia Hotel, Mr. Adeolu Adewole, Mr Soji Adewole, Mr.Muyiwa Ongbo and it is pertinent at this juncture to note  that a powerful condolence message was sent all the way from Canada by the SOT foundation under the able and dynamic leadership of Hon. Segun  Olaleye Thomas(n kan ki).

Adieu, Omo Jagun, Omo Onilu ti ki fe o tu, Omo A to ta laya. Omo n se nu wuje wuje ogun ni n sa.Omo Asu onimole ogun,Omo adagbada nla bo omo eran

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