HID: OYSG orders temporary closure of markets ….final burial rites starts Monday
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi Weekend ordered a temporary closure of the popular Agbeni Market in Ibadan in honour of Late Chief Mrs HID Awolowo whose final burial rites activities starts tomorrow (Monday).
The governor in a statement through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government and made available to journalists in Ibadan also called on the people of the state to turn out in large numbers to witness activities scheduled for the final burial rites of Chief HID.
According to the governor, the matriarch of the dynasty of the late Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, deserves a burial befitting of heroines.
“Let us turn out en masse on Monday to give our dear Mama a burial rite befitting of a heroine, which she was. Since her passage, several accolades and encomiums have been showered on her, I want the people of Oyo State to go a step further by partaking in all activities scheduled for her burial.
“This is the best opportunity for us to again show our love for our highly venerated late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo for his sacrifices for this country. Since his passage Mama had held the fort to the admiration of the Yoruba and the country at large. Her memories will live with us forever” he said.
He pointed out that the temporary closure of the popular Agbeni market, was as a result of its contiguous location to the Methodist Church, Agbeni, where a commendation service would be held for the deceased by 9am, saying the closure became necessary “to prevent avoidable gridlock and the attendant pains it could cause traders and commuters plying the area”.
He appealed to the people of the state to join hands with the state government “to fully partake in the burial rites from 7am on Monday when the corpse arrives in Ibadan, from where the procession moves to the Oke Ado residence of the Awolowos for lying in state by 8am”.
The governor added that after the commendation service, another lying in state would be held at the Tribune House, Imalenfalafia, Ibadan, between 11am and 1pm.
“I use this opportunity to welcome visitors to Ibadan and assured them of adequate security. I call on the hard working security agencies in Oyo State to step up their surveillance to ensure crime-free ceremonies. I also enjoin men of the Federal Road Safety Commission to brace up for the traffic challenge”.