Egbeyemi’s peace efforts in Ekiti unforgettable – Ekiti Assembly
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has hailed the contributions of the late former Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, to the maintenance of peace and resolution of chieftaincy and boundary disputes in the state in his lifetime.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Olubunmi Adelugba made the remarks when members of the Assembly paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Deputy Governor who himself was a member of the old Ondo State House of Assembly in the Second Republic.
In a statement on Thursday, the Special Adviser Media to the Speaker, Odunayo Ogunmola said the team was received by the family of the late Deputy Governor led by his daughter, who is also a member-elect of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Bolaji Olagbaju.
Describing the death of Otunba Egbeyemi as a “huge loss to Ekiti State, ” Rt. Hon. Adelugba said the deceased lived a fulfilled life and was very successful in public service, community service and in his professional calling.
Adelugba said the late Otunba Egbeyemi excelled as a House of Assembly member, Local Government Chairman, Commissioner for Education, Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice and lastly as the Deputy Governor during which he complemented his boss, former Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The Speaker noted that the deceased brought vibrancy and relevance to his last assignment as Deputy Governor and helped to resolve many conflicts within and among communities in the state and also advocated for peaceful coexistence among their residents leveraging on his experience as a teacher, lawyer and community chief.
She said: “His death is a great loss to us in Ekiti. Baba used the greater part of his life to serve humanity. He was a man of many parts: a teacher, a lawyer, a community leader and a politician.
“Baba’s demise was a shock to us, but we take solace in the fact that he lived a good life. He finished his course. He was of tremendous benefit to all and sundry. His legacies will continue to speak.
“He was a man of peace and Ekiti was peaceful when he held office as the Deputy Governor and this was largely due to his skills in diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution and he was a blessing to the government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
“His contributions to the maintenance of peace, resolution of chieftaincy and land and boundary matters will remain unforgettable and documented for generations to come. Baba really distinguished himself in every assignment he handled in his lifetime.”
“We prayed and still pray that the Lord will give us and especially the immediate family the fortitude to bear this great loss to Ekiti and the family in particular.
The Speaker further urged the children of the deceased to take solace in the legacies left behind by their father urging them not only to protect his legacies but to build more on them.
She prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of their patriarch with uncommon grace and equanimity.
Responding on behalf of the family, the daughter of the deceased, Olagbaju expressed gratitude to the Assembly members for finding time to commiserate with the family during their period of grief.
She expressed the appreciation of the family to the entire people of Ekiti State and numerous stakeholders for standing by the family noting that the love and solidarity shown the family would keep it going and serve as a challenge to sustain the legacies of the departed.