Family, friends and well wishers of the late Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, showered him encomiums at the evening of tributes held in Ikeja GRA Lagos on Wednesday.
Durojaiye, who once represented the Ogun East Senatorial District, died on August 24, 2021, at the age of 88.
Some of the dignitaries present at the service were the Secretary General of National Democratic Commission, Mr Ayo Opadokun; Lt. General Alani Akinlade (retd.), the representative of the Awujale of Ijebuland, as well as the Council of Ijebu Chiefs, Chief Sanni Folorunsho; Senator Olalekan Mustapha, and Ovation magazine publisher, Mr Dele Momodu and his wife, Mobolaji.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said, “He was one of the few Nigerians who stood against maladministration, injustice and dictatorship. He stood for democracy.”
The Governor of Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Noimot Oyedele, said, “Chief Durojaiye was a well respected son of Ogun State and his passing is a monumental loss to us. He had wisdom, knowledge and we thank God for a life well spent.”
A former Minister of Industry, Dr Onikepo Akande, also lauded the worthy life lived by Durojaiye and thanked God for the good legacy he left behind.
One of Durojaiye’s daughters, Mrs Bolaji Balogun said, “He was a loving father, a man who loved everyone around him. He was very articulate and read us Bible stories and was also a fan of movies; he made sure each movie a moral lesson to teach us. We have lost a real legend.”
The youngest son of the late Senator, Babafemi Durojaiye, said his father taught him family values.
The Vicar, Anglican Church of the Ascension, Opebi Archdeaconry, Venerable Olufemi Familoni, exhorted the people to reflect deeply on “what is next in the phase of every human life.”
He also prayed for God to uphold the family of the deceased.
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