By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Tears, wailing rolled down freely on faces of sympathisers as the remains of former Personal Assistant to former Gov. Segun Oni and a Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission, (FCC) Bunmi Ojo were committed to mother earth in his home town, Ido-Ekiti, the headquarters of Ido/Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State on Friday.
Ojo was murdered by yet to be identified gunmen on Friday, August 10 at a viewing centre along Iworoko road in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti state capital.
Markets in the ancient town were closed for the day while many public offices were deserted as a mark of honour for the departed politician and activist.
Scores of residents, including people of different political beliefs from all parts of the country thronged the Methodist Church , Ido-Ekiti venue of the funeral service that was also attended by his political mentor, Chief Segun Oni and the Gov-Elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
While the outgoing state governor,Mr. Ayodele Fayose was represented on the event by his Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo.
The presiding cleric, Rev. Olanrewaju Komolafe while speaking at the funeral service, described death as an inevitable occurrence .
Komolafe who also said there was time for everything under the planet earth, said the late Bunmi Ojo, though died when least expected, had fulfilled the purpose of life.
He charged families, relatives, political parties and acquaintances present at the event to live a life worthy of emulation just like the late Ojo did, stressing that death had no regard for anyone or social status, and could come in any form.
While the church service was on, scores of women sympathisers took over the outside environment of the church rainy curses on Ojo’s killers
The women who intermittently disrupted the church service with songs laced with abuses and curses, were also dressed in an unusual manner contrary to normal church practice as they turned their clothes upside down and also removed headgears to press home their anger over the death of Bunmi Ojo.
All efforts by the hordes of security men keeping vigil at the church to calm down the angry women were reburffed, as they refused to halt their protest until the end of the service.
Other top Nigeruans who witnessed the funeral service included the Ekiti state Deputy-Gov. Elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, wife of former Gov. Segun Oni, Kemi and former Deputy -Gov. Sikiru Lawal.
Others include former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, Sen. Bode Ola, Sen.Tony Adeniyi and Chairman of the Ekiti state chapter of All Progressives Congress, (APC) and his former colleagues at the Federal Character Commision among several others from various political divides.