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Condolence Visit: Much Ado About Nothing | Omo Iya Kunmi


In barely 3 days after the death of the late former speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly and the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, some fellows have stirred up some controversies as to why the Governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who had a very close relationship with the deceased and considering the deceased efforts during the governor’s bid for the seat, had not deemed it fit to visit the family of the late Commissioner.

Despite the fact that the state government delegated a team which included the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief Press Secretary and led by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan to pay a condolence visit to the family, yet some believed it was not enough.

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One would have thought those who raised the concern did it genuinely, but its so appalling that the insitigators are not only being selfish but inconsiderate for choosing to play politics with the death of Rt. Hon. Kehinde Ayoola. They have gotten their hypocrisy wrapped in a cloth of pity all to incite the public’s emotions against the Governor.

Someone even went as far as writing an open letter to share his ‘sentiments’ about the governor not visiting the family. Cheap score! Mad crave for popularity, if you ask me!

Edakun, kini tiyin? Did the family of the late complain to you? Yeah, the governor had a close relationship with the deceased and that should tell you its possible the man is finding it difficult to come to terms with the death of his close ally.

Some time in 2016, I lost my school mother, aunty Lola. Until her death, we were so close. We spend weekends together in her fiance’s place in Ibadan, I sleep in her room and I had my copies of the keys of everything she owned that had locks. Thats to tell you how close we were.

When she died and her corpse was to be taken to Ibadan for the burial, I couldnt face it. I couldnt bring myself to look at her corpse. I didnt want anyone to console me. I instead asked my mom to come from Oyo to attend. I stayed back in my room crying and wasting away. It took me weeks to recover.

For those who have been there before, we should know that we react to issues differently. You can never speak for anyone on this issue. Let who ever chose to visit the family, do so in good faith. Visiting doesn’t mean you love him and not visiting does not prove he didnt mean anything to you. Abi whats the point in engaging in cheap eye service?

Do not allow the hypocrisy of individuals who reek of political sentiments and prejudice get to you.

Let the dead sleep in peace!

Saheed Siyanbola, a.k.a Omo-Iya Kunmi, writes from Oyo. 

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